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Atrium Medical Center Wishing Warren County a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

Don’t Let Holiday Celebrations End Tragically; Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving!

(Warren County) – The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, filled with celebration, time with loved ones and good cheer. However, for the many families whose loved ones were killed in alcohol related crashes during the 2011 Holiday Season, the joyous celebrations ended in disaster.  

Atrium Medical Center and Warren County Safe Communities Coalition (WCSCC) are joining other highway safety partners and law enforcement organizations across the country this December to remind people that during the holidays and throughout the year, drinking alcohol and driving do not mix and that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving!

“Driving impaired not only puts you as the driver at risk, but everyone else on the roadways,” explains Joey Brumfield, Trauma Outreach Coordinator at Atrium Medical Center. In December of 2011 alone, Atrium Medical Center’s Trauma Service reports that 19% of all traumatic motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) were alcohol related. “If you are going to drink, plan another way home before the celebration begins, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.”  

According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS), there were 341 fatal alcohol related motor vehicle crashes in 2011, killing 368 persons throughout the state. In December alone, 17 people were killed and more than 700 were injured because of alcohol related accidents.

“This tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways and increase community awareness,” says Brumfield, “That’s why we are working hard to remind everyone to never drink and drive.”

This holiday season, Atrium Medical Center and WCSCC are encouraging people to take three simple steps to ensure their holiday celebrations don’t end in tragedy.  

  1. Plan ahead; be sure to designate a sober driver before the party begins.
  2. If you will be drinking at all, do not plan on driving. Even one drink too many increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle. If you are impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  3. Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life.

“The holidays should be a time for celebration, not tragedy,” adds Brumfield. “Please help us make Warren County’s roadways safer by never drinking and driving, and remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving!

Have a safe and happy Holiday Season!

For further questions or information on WCSCC or impaired driving, please contact Joey Brumfield, WCSCC coordinator at (513) 705-4713.

For more information about the Ohio Traffic Safety Office and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio’s roadways, log on to http://ohiohighwaysafetyoffice.ohio.gov/ Off Site Icon.

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