December has been proclaimed as 3D Prevention Month, and it is not the kind of 3D that you have to go to a theater to experience. President Barack Obama issued a proclamation on December 1st, declaring the entire month as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Another term given to the observance is National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month.
A post on FoodConsumer.org shared that an estimated 36 Americans die in the United States every day as a result of motor vehicle accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver. The observance of 3D Prevention Month will be a good avenue for communities and individual citizens to look into what can be done to reduce the occurrence of accidents that involve the use of alcohol and illegal substances by drivers.
FoodConsumer.org gave a few tips and reminders for everyone, especially during the holiday season. When attending gatherings, plan ahead and choose a designated driver. Should anyone become inebriated, take charge and do not allow that person to take the wheel.
In his proclamation, the President said in part: “As responsible citizens, we must not wait until tragedy strikes, and we must take an active role in preventing debilitated driving. Individuals, families, businesses, community organizations, drug free coalitions, and faith based groups can promote substance abuse prevention and encourage alternative sources of transportation. By working together, we can help save countless lives and make America’s roadways safer for all.”
The President also urged everyone to visit the U.S. Department of Transportation Website for distracted driving – Distraction.gov – for more information regarding preventing distracted driving.