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Drinking and Driving: A Deadly Combination

In 2004, an estimated 16,654 people were killed in alcohol-related crasher - an average of one almost every half-hour, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These deaths made up about 39 percent of the 42,800 total traffic fatalities. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children from 2 to 14 years of age, according to the NHTSA.

Through education, increased law enforcement and stiffer penalties, the number of alcohol-related traffic crashes can be reduced.

What you can do to protect yourself and others

If you drink, be responsible. When with a group, choose a designated driver. Having one person agree to drink only non-alcoholic beveregaes and provide transportation for other members of the group can save lives.

As a host, here are some things you can do to ensure responsible drinking at a social function:

  • Provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Do not pressure guests to drink.
  • Serve food to slow the rate of absorption of alcohol.
  • Stop serving alcohol at least one hour before the party is over.
  • if guests drink too much, call a cab or arrange a ride with a sober driver.
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