Buzzed driving is drunk driving

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  • By Mike Matthews
  • 97th Air Mobility Wing ground safety manager
The holiday season can be one of the deadliest and most dangerous times of the year due to increased impaired driving. Saving lives on our roads is a top priority and we need everyone's help to do it.
I want to remind everyone who will be celebrating during the holidays that "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving" and to never forget to plan a safe way home before the festivities begin. 

The consumption of alcohol, drugs and driving just don't mix. Whether you've had way too many or just one too many, it's not worth the risk of killing yourself or someone else. Don't ever get behind a wheel of a vehicle when you are impaired. And, don't let others! 

Last December, 3,235 people were killed in crashes on America's roadways. Nearly one third were killed in crashes that involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

If drivers follow a few easy steps they can enjoy a safe and festive holiday without jeopardizing their life and the lives of others who may be on the road. Drivers should plan a safe way home before the festivities begin. Before drinking, designate a sober driver and give that person your keys. If you're impaired use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member. 

Use Dial A Ride or the AADD program. If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate to contact law enforcement. Remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride a motorcycle impaired, take their key s and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. 

This holiday season don't let your year end in an arrest--or even worse, death. Make smart decisions. Plan ahead, so you can assure a safe way home. 

Whether you may have way too many or fall into the "buzzed driving" situation, it's not worth the risk; plan your festivities and plan on a safe way home.