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Scary statistics should help people to steer clear of 'buzzed driving'

All too often the holiday spirit is destroyed by the recklessness of a drunk driver. Too many people take to the roadways after consuming alcohol because they think they are OK to drive. During the holiday season, festive parties and celebrations with alcohol contribute to the number of impaired drivers on the road.

Wichita Mountains Prevention Network and the Lawton FortSill Community Coalition are joining with highway safety partners and law enforcement organizations this December to remind everyone that "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving," and drinking and driving don't mix.

"We want to keep our roads safe this holiday season" said Coalition Chair Todd Anthony with the Oklahoma Alcohol Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission. "Don't allow yourself to become a statistic because you failed to plan ahead."

Alcohol slows drivers' reaction times, reduces their ability to properly gauge speed or distance from other objects and makes it difficult for them to focus on the road. Any consumption of alcohol can impair judgment and reaction times, making it unsafe to drive.

"Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving" is a nationwide impaired-driving campaign to inform all Americans about the dangers of driving after drinking through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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