By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.
This holiday season, we encourage you to renew your commitment to safe, responsible driving. Join us in promoting awareness to encourage appropriate decision-making that will keep you safe into the new year.
Since 1981, every president of the United States has proclaimed December a month to 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.”
The tragic consequences of poor decisions can damage the lives of individuals, families and communities — the pillars of our readiness.
Leaders, remain engaged.
Educate your teams and families on risks and help them mitigate unnecessary dangers.
Always have a plan. Use hands-free devices and avoid anything that impairs your ability to drive safely.
Texting, alcohol, certain medications and sleep deprivation raise the risk of motor vehicle accidents.
Continue to set the example and make responsible choices.
We rely on all of our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, civilians, retirees and family members to make sensible decisions before they drive; please ensure your team does 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: 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.)