In 2006, approximately 150 children under the age of 14 died as a
result of riding in a vehicle with an alcohol-impaired driver, and
45 children age 14 and younger died as pedestrians who were hit by
drunk or drugged drivers.
Every day approximately 700 people are
injured as a result of alcohol- or drug-impaired driving; 36 of
those will die.
These should literally be sobering statistics this holiday
season. The month of December is a time for gathering together of
family and friends, for Christmas parties and celebrations. This
should be a happy time for all, but for hundreds of families across
America, the effects of drunk and or drugged driving will bring
heartbreak that will last throughout the years to come.
With this in mind, Mayor Beth Davis-Kavelman issued the following
proclamation for the city of Lincoln and its citizens, that the city
join the nation in making the month of December
Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month.
WHEREAS, motor vehicle crashes killed 1,248 people in Illinois
WHEREAS, 434 of those deaths involved a driver impaired by alcohol;
WHEREAS, the December holiday season is traditionally one of the
most deadly times of the year for impaired driving;
WHEREAS, for thousands of families across the state and the nation,
holidays are a time to remember loved ones lost;
WHEREAS, organizations across the state and the nation are joined
with the You Drink & Drive. You Lose and other campaigns that
foster public awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and
anti-impaired driving law enforcement efforts;
WHEREAS, the community of Lincoln is proud to partner with the
Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Traffic Safety
and other traffic safety groups in that effort to make our roads and
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NOW THEREFORE, I, Elizabeth A. Davis-Kavelman, Mayor of the City of
Lincoln, Illinois, do hereby proclaim December 2008 as Drunk and
Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month in Lincoln, Illinois and do
hereby call upon all citizens, government agencies, business
leaders, hospitals and health care providers, schools, and public
and private institutions to promote awareness of the impaired
driving problem, to support programs and policies to reduce the
incidence of impaired driving, and to promote safer and healthier
behaviors regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs this December
holiday season and throughout the year.
There are simple steps that can be taken this holiday season, and
every other day of the year, that will greatly reduce the chances of
an alcohol- or drug-related death in this community.
Choose a designated driver -- Before you leave home or work to
attend a party or celebration, choose a responsible person who will
not consume alcohol for the evening. Allow that person to be
responsible for your safe commute.
Check the keys at the door -- If you're hosting a holiday
celebration that will involve alcohol, collect car keys when you
collect coats. Ask certain guests to stay alcohol-free for the
evening, and make them responsible for the safety of your guests. Be
sure to provide nonalcoholic beverages, and consider setting a time
when you stop serving alcohol altogether.
Call a cab -- If you're attending a celebration alone, leave your
car at home, and call a cab.
[By NILA SMITH; city of Lincoln