Rowan UNITE and the UNITE Clubs are sponsoring the Tie One On Campaign again this December in observance of the Drunk and Drugged Driver Awareness Month. This national campaign is intended to highlight substance impaired driving.

The issue of impaired driving is not new, but remains a persistent – some might say chronic – problem.

Here are some sobering statistics from MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving:

Almost every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. On average, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. Almost half of all drivers who were killed in crashes and tested positive for drugs also had alcohol in their system.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and about one-third of those are alcohol related.

Among persons aged 12 or older, males were more likely than females (15.1 vs. 7.9 percent) to drive under the influence of alcohol in the past year.

Drunk driving costs the United States $132 billion a year. Drunk driving costs each adult in this country almost $500 per year.

Impaired driving is 100% preventable. We do not have to lose people to substance induced car crashes. We do not have to bear the cost of drunk or impaired driving.

MADD suggests the following tips for a safe holiday:

• Designate a sober driver before celebrations begin.

• Never serve those under the age of 21 alcohol.

• Plan safe parties, including providing non-alcoholic drink options to guests and not serving alcohol the last hour of the gathering.

• Be prepared to get everyone home safe in case your plans or individual circumstances change.

Join us this month in increasing awareness of drunk and impaired driving by tying a red ribbon to your vehicle. If you need a red ribbon, please contact Rowan UNITE at 784-1350 or ask a UNITE Club member for one.

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