This Monday, The Century Council, together with the Congressional Stop DUI Caucus, hosted a Capitol Hill educational event for Congressional staffers and traffic safety partners with information on the dangers of drunk driving and the need for extra attention during the holidays.
We were joined by National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman, who provided insightful remarks and participated in the educational activities. She said progress has been made in the fight against drunk driving, but we won’t be able to declare victory until avoiding drunk driving is as natural as clicking your seatbelt. That we have not yet reached such a point is an annual tragedy, one that must be corrected.
Under the supervision of United States Capitol Police officers, participants wearing Fatal Vision goggles took part in portions of a field sobriety test. These goggles simulate different levels of impairment, allowing the participant to understand how alcohol can affect motor skills and impair driving ability (as this photo demonstrates.)
We also unveiled our holiday E-card, “Holiday Hop,” a light-hearted Frogger-esque game that illustrates a serious problem. The holidays are unfortunately a time when drunk driving is on the rise. As participants dodged drunk drivers in order to get the gingerbread cookies safely home, they were peppered with drunk driving facts, encouraging them to be especially careful this holiday season.
Kurt Erickson, President of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) explained to the audience how they could safely make it home if they’ve had too much to drink. WRAP’s SoberRide program, which provides free taxi rides within the Washington metro area, has helped reduce the local drunk-driving rate by 50%. The Century Council is proud to partner with this organization.
We’d like to thank all those who joined us and hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday.