National Impaired Driving Awareness Month Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 December 2017
By Maj. Gen. Kent Savre and Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley
Special to GUIDON

December is National Impaired Driving Awareness Month. As we celebrate the holiday season and approach the new year,  we ask that you be responsible and  obey the law while operating a  motor vehicle, and join us in  promoting awareness to en- courage appropriate decision- making that will keep you  safe.

In 2012, then President  Barack Obama proclaimed  December a month we focus  on preventing impaired driving.  Every year, tens of millions of  Americans operate a motor vehicle under  the influence of alcohol or controlled substances. The tragic consequences of these decisions damage the lives of individuals, families and communities — the pillars of our readiness.

At Fort Leonard Wood, we need our leaders to be engaged, educate their team on risks, and provide them with helpful resources to mitigate dangers. Toolkits and safety campaign information can be found at https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving. If individuals take medication or choose to drink, it is critical that they have a plan, use the battle  buddy system, designate a driver or   call a taxi.                        
 
We rely on all of our Soldiers,  Marines, Sailors, Airmen, DoD civilians, retirees and family  members to make sensible decisions before they drive;  please ensure those in your formations and in your care do  the same. We need everyone to  return safe and well.
 
We are proud to serve with you. Victory starts here, victory through skill.

(Editor’s note: Savre is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Stanley is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)