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Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving

It’s holiday party season – time to celebrate all of the exciting winter holidays with our friends and loved ones. Our mailboxes are flooded with invitations to parties and dinners and other holiday get-togethers. With these parties come food, fellowship, gifts, and in many cases, festive alcoholic drinks.

In 2008, nearly 12,000 people in the U.S. were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes – and during the periods around Christmas and New Year’s, this number was particularly high, with 316 people killed in alchol-impaired driving crashes. In 2007, 162,493 women were arrested for a DUI, an increase of almost 29% since 1998. You can’t help but wonder if lives could have been saved if people thought twice before getting behind the wheel. With the holidays approaching, it’s important that drivers be reminded about the dangers of buzzed driving. Who knows…it could save a life.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the Ad Council are asking everyone to drive smart this holiday season and to pledge not to drive buzzed.

I barely drink myself so there’s no way that I would ever drive drunk or buzzed. I can see how it can ruin a life. My mom’s cousin killed two men while driving drunk many years ago. He was charged and now has to live with that guilt the rest of his life that he was responsible for killing two people. It’s just not worth the risk.

You can find Buzzed Driving on Twitter (@buzzeddriving) and Facebook to get the latest updates and news. You can also visit the Buzzed Driving website where you can sign a pledge to not drive buzzed, play an interactive game which demonstrates the difference between buzzed and drunk, and hear personal stories from people who have driven buzzed.

While at holiday events, it’s easy to lose track of a drink here or there – but this can be fatal.

Have a safe and happy holiday and remember that buzzed driving IS drunk driving.

How you can help on Facebook:

Become a fan of the Buzzed Driving campaign on Facebook

I have already become a fan.
How you can help on Twitter:

Follow @buzzeddriving

Tomorrow (Dec 15) there is a discussion on Twitter from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST about #BuzzedDriving. Find out more about this by visiting this link:
Don’t forget to take the pledge to not drive buzzed! I wish all of you a safe and happy Holiday Season

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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