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BE PREPARED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON: DON’T DRIVE IMPAIRED!
The holidays are a time to celebrate, but too much celebrating can get you into trouble. Choosing to drive impaired often occurs during the holidays when celebrations, parties and time off are abundant. However, driving under the influence of alcohol or medications can be costly to both your wallet and to your career. In the 2015 Fleet and Marine Corps Health Risk Assessment Annual Report, three percent of respondents (including active duty and reserve Sailors and Marines) indicated they had driven after having too much to drink, while 18 percent said they engaged in heavy drinking.1 While three percent may not seem like a high number, no one should be driving when they’ve had too much to drink given the risks of accident, injury, and death. In addition, some prescription medications cause similar effects to that of consuming alcohol, such as delayed response, so driving should be avoided when on these medications.
The effects of alcohol or drug use on your career can be devastating to you, your family, and your unit. Consequences can include a revoked driver’s license, fines, legal charges such as disorderly conduct, public intoxication, driving under the influence (DUI), or driving while intoxicated (DWI), jail time, and even separation/discharge from military service. Be prepared this holiday season and plan ahead to get home safely. The tips below can help you make smart choices while you are celebrating the holiday season.
Steps to Prevent Impaired Driving
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1. Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center. EpiData Center Department. Fleet and Marine Corps Health Risk Assessment, 02 January- December 31, 2015. http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/Documents/health-promotion-wellness/general-tools-and-programs/2015-HRA-Report-TR-214-2016.pdf. Prepared May 2016.
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