Buzzed driving is drunk driving

In 2008, nearly 12,000 people in the U.S. were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes – and during the periods around Christmas and New Year’s, this number was particularly high, with 316 people killed in alchol-impaired driving crashes. You can’t help but wonder if lives could have been saved if people thought twice before getting behind the wheel. This New Year’s Eve it’s important that drivers be reminded about the dangers of buzzed driving.   Who knows…it could save a life.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the Ad Council are asking everyone to drive smart this New Year’s Eve and to pledge not to drive buzzed.

While at New Year’s events, it’s easy to lose track of a drink here or there – but this can be fatal. This New Year’s Eve, keep you and your family safe by spreading this message.

Have a safe and happy New Year, and remember that buzzed driving IS drunk driving.

For more info follow  Buzzed Driving on Twitter andFacebook to get the latest updates and news. Please join me in signing a pledge to not drive buzzed by visiting the  Buzzed Driving website .

Kelly

Disclosure: This is a PSA, not a sponsored post.

About Kelly Whalen


Kelly Whalen is the founder of The Centsible Life, a blog where motherhood and money meet. Her goal is to help readers live well on less. Kelly is a mom to 4, and loves that she can stay at home with her kids, and still pursue her passions for writing, personal finance, and social media. You can often find her on twitter and Facebook talking money and motherhood.

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  • http://debtsucksblog.com Jake Stichler

    Although I thoroughly enjoy drinking, being active in emergency services I have seen firsthand too many times in my few years the tragic results of drunk driving. A search on my blog for "I81" will show you the results of the worst I've seen – 16 year old girl killed when a drunk driver headed down the interstate the wrong way and hit her family's minivan head on. I'll admit, I've driven once when I probably shouldn't have, and it scared the hell out of me. Never again.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/CentsibleLife CentsibleLife

      Wow, Jake, what a terrible story. :(
      I don't know if I have the heart to look at it. I have 4 kids, I can't imagine losing them that way.

      Thanks for being honest. I think many people have driven buzzed without realizing the consequences.

      • http://debtsucksblog.com Jake Stichler

        Well, if you like, I can link you to a newspaper article I just found about it, rather than the crash pictures. I think the best part was that the family stuck to their faith and forgave the drunk driver and his family, or so I recall.

        http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2009/0

  • http://debtsucksblog.com/ Jake Stichler

    Although I thoroughly enjoy drinking, being active in emergency services I have seen firsthand too many times in my few years the tragic results of drunk driving. A search on my blog for "I81" will show you the results of the worst I've seen – 16 year old girl killed when a drunk driver headed down the interstate the wrong way and hit her family's minivan head on. I'll admit, I've driven once when I probably shouldn't have, and it scared the hell out of me. Never again.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/CentsibleLife CentsibleLife

      Wow, Jake, what a terrible story. :(
      I don't know if I have the heart to look at it. I have 4 kids, I can't imagine losing them that way.

      Thanks for being honest. I think many people have driven buzzed without realizing the consequences.

      • http://debtsucksblog.com/ Jake Stichler

        Well, if you like, I can link you to a newspaper article I just found about it, rather than the crash pictures. I think the best part was that the family stuck to their faith and forgave the drunk driver and his family, or so I recall.

        http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2009/0

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