Beam Global Spirits & Wine and the National Center For DWI Courts Support National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.Designating a Driver is One Way to Stay Safe this Holiday Season
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. [Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE NYSE
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Not every DWI offender is alcoholic, but most hard core repeat offenders are alcohol dependent. (NCDC), a professional services division of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP NADCP National Association of Drug Court Professionals ), recognize National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month this December and encourage safe driving this holiday season. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, often pronounced "nit-suh") is an agency of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, part of the Department of Transportation. (NHTSA NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (US government) ), in December 2007, 802 people were killed in crashes that involved a hard core drunk driver or motorcycle rider (operator) with a blood alcohol concentration blood alcohol concentration
The concentration of alcohol in the blood, expressed as the weight of alcohol in a fixed volume of blood and used as a measure of the degree of intoxication in an individual. (BAC BAC
blood alcohol concentration ) of .15 or higher.
"While we hope people enjoy themselves this holiday season, we want them to be safe and responsible," said Chris Swonger, senior vice president, corporate affairs, Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. "There is never a reason to drink and drive drunk, and we encourage people to have a designated driver designated driver Public health A person at a social function who volunteers, or is 'volunteered' to chauffeur inebriated revellers chez elles at festivity's end. Cf Squash it. if they do choose to drink."
"We support National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month and hope it brings attention to this problem," stated David Wallace, director of the National Center for DWI Courts. "We work hard to combat hard core drunk driving and hope people will be responsible in their decisions when it comes to alcohol. Designating a driver is one simple way to keep you and your family safe this holiday season and throughout the year."
According to NCDC, designating a sober driver and not letting friends drive drunk are two simple steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving. Other important tips include:
* Designate a sober driver before going out if you plan to consume alcohol.
* Call a taxi or use mass transit to get you home safely if you are impaired.
* Use your community's sober rides program.
* Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement.
* Wear your seatbelt or use protective gear on your motorcycle to defend against an impaired driver.
With more than 17,000 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in the United States every year, Beam Global and NCDC have partnered since 2007 to bring national attention to the effectiveness of DWI Courts in addressing hard core drunk driving. Hard core drunk drivers are drivers with a high blood alcohol concentration of .15 and above and/or are repeat offenders. These drunk drivers are responsible for 58 percent of alcohol-related traffic fatalities and are 380 times more likely to be involved in a crash. Unfortunately, statistics demonstrate that conviction without treatment is not effective in addressing hard core drunk driving. Currently, there are 445 DWI Courts across the country.
About The National Association for Drug Professionals:
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), a not-for-profit organization located in the Nation's Capitol, was founded in 1994 by a group of judicial visionaries to reverse the growing impact of drug-related crime. They created a court model using a combination of accountability and treatment to compel and support drug-using offenders to change their lives. From that vision came the Drug Court movement and the NADCP. In 1997, NADCP and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) was established by the National Narcotics Leadership Act of 1988 (21 U.S.C.A. § 1501 et seq.) and began operations in January 1989. (ONDCP ONDCP Office of National Drug Control Policy ) then partnered to create the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI NDCI National Drug Court Institute
NDCI National Data Conversion Institute (New York City) ), the professional services branch NADCP.
Today, NADCP is the premier national membership, training and advocacy organization for Drug Courts, representing over 22,000 multi-disciplinary Drug Court professionals. NADCP hosts the largest annual training conference on drugs and crime in the nation and provides 130 Drug Court training and technical assistance events, benefiting tens of thousands of drug court professionals each year. NADCP/NDCI continues to write, publish, and disseminate scholastic and practical publications that are critical to the ongoing growth and fidelity of the Drug Court model and works tirelessly on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures to transform the American justice system through policy, legislation and appropriations.
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