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Buzzed driving is drunk driving

  • Published
  • By Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt
  • 157th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
This year has been a very busy year for members of the 157th Air Refueling Wing. As the holidays approach, enjoy the season by spending time with family and friends by celebrating the holidays. However, over-celebrating by drinking and driving can result in serious or deadly consequences.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,332 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers during 2012, said wing safety officials.

"When traveling to spend time with family, be a good wingman and ensure everyone has a safe ride home,'' said Lt. Col. Jeffrey M. Denton, 157th Air Refueling Wing chief of safety. "It could be the difference between a happy holiday season and a tragic, life altering one."

The NHTSA offers the following tips to stay safe and drive sober:

· If you drink, don't drive. If you drive, don't drink.
· Designate a sober driver before the party begins; plan a way to get home safely at the end of the night.
· Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
· If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone's life, and inaction could cost a life.
· If you are impaired, call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or call your local free ride program.

Officials from the 157th Air Refueling Wing Safety Office suggest as the best plan for Airmen to remain safe this holiday season is to have a plan before heading out to celebrate the holidays with friends and family.