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December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

Thanksgiving marks the start of the winter holiday season, a season that includes numerous festive parties with co-workers, family and friends. Because of the increased holiday-related celebrating, public health and safety groups around the country and government organizations also amp up their efforts to prevent those partygoers from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (3D Month).The CDC lists tips on their website for how to avoid driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or how to prevent it among your friends and family.

The CDC recommends these steps for preventing drunk driving:

•· The CDC recommends planning who will be a designated driver before even going to a holiday party. It may be more difficult to designate a sober driver after people have joined the party. This person should commit to not drinking any alcohol at the party.

•· If you are the host of the party, the CDC recommends that you make sure to include non-alcoholic drinks on your menu. Make sure your guests leave with sober drivers. If they are planning to drive while impaired, the CDC recommends you take their keys to keep them safe.

Have a safe and fun holiday season!