By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. As we celebrate the holiday season and approach the New Year, we ask that you be vigilant and obey the law while operating a motor vehicle.
Join us in promoting awareness to encourage responsible decision-making that will keep you safe.
In 2012, President Barack Obama proclaimed December a month we focus on preventing impaired driving.
The season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is described as “one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways due to an increase in impaired driving.”
Impaired driving impacts individuals; it impacts families and ultimately, it impacts readiness.
Leaders need to be engaged. We must educate our team on risks and provide them with helpful resources to mitigate threats. Impaired driving is not only driving under the influence of alcohol, but it also includes driving under the effects of prescription medication.
We rely on all of our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, DoD civilians 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 from the holiday season safe and well. We are proud to serve with you.
Victory starts here…victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)