Soldiers encouraged to mak e positive choices

FORT POLK, La. — December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. Impaired driving and related fatalities spike during the holiday season, making this an important time of year to remind drivers what’s at stake when they get behind the wheel.

Preventable alcohol-related driving fatalities accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities in 2015. Despite years of campaigns filled with messages by anti-drunk driving groups and intensive efforts by law enforcement agencies, this percentage has remained largely unchanged in the past decade. Drugged and distracted driving is also a growing danger on the nation’s roads and highways.

Amelia Connor, Army substance abuse specialist, said even though it may feel like Army Substance Abuse Program and other agencies are repeating the same information again and again, getting that information and education to Soldiers may lead them to make better choices.


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