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Here’s to safety and sobriety

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The federal government has designated December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. It's an attempt to raise awareness that an alcohol-related car crash kills someone every 31 minutes and injures someone every two minutes.

Drugs other than alcohol are involved in nearly one-fifth of all motor vehicle driver deaths. Drivers who combine alcohol with cocaine, marijuana or other drugs increase the danger to themselves and others on the road.

For your holiday office parties, celebrate without alcohol. Tell your employees that you want everyone to drive only when sober. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has posters and other resources that you can download from its website (nhtsa.gov) to reinforce your message.

If employees joke about "partying hard" and getting drunk during the holidays, remind them that the police typically increase sobriety checkpoints in December. Police officials in many areas make more DUI arrests in December than any other month.

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