December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

During the holiday season, and year round, it is important that we celebrate safely by not driving under the influence of alcohol or any other drugs. We are all familiar with the terrible consequences of driving under the influence yet an often overlooked and ever growing issue, especially in teens and young adults, is the issue of drugged driving. Drugs, even those prescribed by a physician, can impair perception, judgment, motor skills, and memory.

New and young drivers are the most at-risk for crashes on the roads and are at risk for the most harmful effects of drug use. As teens take to the roads, parents can take action by talking about the dangers of drunk, drugged, and distracted driving. It’s important that our youngest drivers learn how to drive safely and make healthy choices.

Local Progress and Facts about Teen and adult Impaired Driving
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  • Fewer teens (15% of teens in grade 9 & 11) reported this year that they had driven after drinking, or rode with someone who had. Down from last year when more than 35% of teens in same grades reported in they had driven after drinking or rode with someone who had. (California Healthy Kids Survey)
  • According to Grass Valley CHP Officer Greg Tassone, “Some local data is encouraging with the number of local CHP arrests for DUI-related crimes trending downward from 2012 to present.”
  • Drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths.
  • In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • At all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of being involved in a crash is greater for young people than for older people.
  • Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for 15 – 19 year-olds in 2007.
  • Did you know that 1 in 3 drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2009 who were tested, tested positive for drugs?

Drunk and drugged driving related accidents are totally preventable. Renew your commitment to drive safely and act responsibly.
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Tips for Teen Drivers         Tips for Parents of Teen Drivers

Tip: As we come together with loved one’s and friends this holiday season remember to offer non-alcoholic beverages to your guests. We know that this helps keep our streets safer through the Holidays. Try a new mocktail! Enter your favorite “Mocktail” recipe here and win: CoRR.us/holiday-mocktail-contest-213

Tip: CoRR, a Coalition partner, will once again be sponsoring Safe Taxi on New Year’s Eve! CoRR granted vouchers to Gold Country Cab & Courier to provide rides to residents to reduce amount of impaired drivers on the roads. If you need a safe ride home call, Call 274-TAXI or 274-8294 Gold Country Cab & Courier.

Community Recovery Resources is teaming up with the owners of Gold Country Cab & Courier for the third year for Safe Taxi on New Year’s Eve sober cab rides. Looking back at 2011 and 2012, more than 100 local residents received free rides home to ensure a safe transport from their New Year’s celebrations. This year, we hope to see even more community members celebrating responsibly and not drinking and driving.

Here are some helpful links:

Holiday Tips
Mocktail Contest

A Holiday Message from CoRR

DrugFreeNevadaCounty.org

CoRR.us
NHTSA.gov/impaired

Celebrate Safely. Don’t Drink and Drive.