The Century Council thanks America’s law enforcement officers who will be working the nation’s highways this holiday weekend in an effort to save lives by cracking down on drunk drivers. “The Council continues to support high visibility enforcement efforts as one of the important parts of a comprehensive plan to reduce deaths and injuries caused by drunk drivers” said Hon. Susan Molinari, Chairman of The Century Council, a leader in the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking.
The Century Council believes Americans must make responsible decisions regarding alcohol. For young adults under the age of twenty-one, it is illegal to consume beverage alcohol so the responsible decision is to obey the law and not drink any amount of alcohol. For adults over twenty-one, the responsible decision, should you choose to drink, is to consume alcohol in moderation. If you plan to drive after drinking, go to B4UDrink.org to learn how your drinking equates to your individual BAC. Make sure you eat and sequence your drinks with water or other non-alcoholic drinks. Choose a designated driver who will not be consuming alcohol or plan for alternative transportation home via taxi, mass transit or other community safe ride programs.
Preliminary NHSTA reports point to an all-time low number of alcohol-impaired fatalities on our nation’s highways and we all – government, safety professionals, law enforcement, advocacy organizations and beverage alcohol industry – must remain committed to both utilizing proven methods to address this problem as well as to seek new ones such as future technology that when set at the legal limit of .08 BAC will prevent an automobile from starting.
But, while more must be done, our collective efforts are paying off. NHTSA funded research released last week suggests that Americans are increasingly making responsible decisions when it comes to drinking and driving. Over the past fifteen years;
• the number of drinks consumed during the most recent drinking-driving occasion has decreased,
• the number of times someone drove in the previous twelve months when they thought they were over the legal limit decreased significantly,
• the percentage of Americans who avoided driving because they felt they had too much to drink, to drive safely increased significantly.
This coming holiday weekend, instead of complaining about the pace of traffic due to being under the watchful eye of your state or local police officer, give them a polite salute when you go by and thank them for the lives they save on our nation’s highways.
Erica Moulton, The Century Council
(202) 637-0077, or MoultonE@CenturyCouncil.org