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National Impaired Driving Prevention Month: Education Promotes Safety

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Did you know that one person dies in a motor vehicle crash that involves an alcohol-impaired driver every 50 minutes? This is a troubling trend that could (and should) be prevented. EAC Network’s Alcohol Education Program (AEP) uses a solution-based strategy to save lives through education. During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month this December, we highlight the positive impact AEP has been making on the lives of at-risk individuals living within our communities.

A Problem of Impaired Driving

Driving while impaired by any substance, be it legal or illegal, is dangerous. Substances like alcohol, illicit drugs, and some over-the-counter and prescription medications can impair judgment, slow reaction time, and diminish motor coordination.

Every year, thousands of people lose their lives on America’s highways and byways at the hands of drivers who are impaired by substance use. Each of these avoidable tragedies leaves families and communities fractured.

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month is an opportunity for us all to reflect on what we are doing as a community to address this preventable problem.

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

EAC Network’s AEP Saves Lives by Educating Dangerous Drivers

AEP’s five-week educational group series aims to alter how participants think about driving while intoxicated, so they can make better choices about operating a motor vehicle when under the influence.

In 12.5 hours of educational seminars, AEP reduces the chances that offending drivers will repeat negative driving behaviors that jeopardize their safety and the safety of others. In group sessions, AEP participants learn to develop a plan of action to change destructive behaviors. They engage in interactive journal writing, self-growth, and enhancement activities that help them learn about the use and abuse of alcohol.

To successfully complete the program, all participants need to attend four out of five sessions and pass the post-course test. Individuals in need of treatment for alcohol dependence are referred to an OASAS-licensed alcohol treatment program or another supportive service.

Recognize National Impaired Driving Prevention Month with EAC Network

Recognize National Impaired Driving Prevention Month With Us

During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, EAC Network reaffirms its commitment to the community. Through our Alcohol Education Program and our network of over 100 other programs and direct support services, we remain fully committed to making our communities safer for your family and ours.

To support our mission to protect at-risk children, youth, families, and seniors throughout Greater New York, make a contribution to EAC Network today.

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