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December 18, 2015
Buzzed Driving- A Growing Menace on our Roadways
In support of National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (December), a new publication highlights impaired driving issues in Minnesota and nationwide, including the impact of marijuana and other legal and illegal drugs. “Buzzed Driving” produced by AAA in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Safety Council, is being made available to the public.

“As a society we’ve done a great job with awareness and enforcement around alcohol-impaired driving, with the number of drunk drivers declining,” said Gail Weinholzer, director of public affairs, AAA- The Auto Club Group.  “However, both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration have sounded the alarm over the increase in drugged driving. AAA wants to help raise awareness around the drugged driving issue and that’s why this report was commissioned.”

 “Impaired driving is a serious health and safety problem,” said Mark Kinde, injury and violence prevention unit leader, Minnesota Department of Health.  “During the holiday season both guests and hosts can do their part to minimize the risks. Hosts can offer alcohol-free beverages, food, and can call a taxi or arrange for a designated driver. Prevention is possible. Responsible hosting is no accident.”

The eight page publication explores national drugged driving trends, marijuana’s effects on driving, consequences of drunk driving, impact on the workplace, and effective solutions.

“We all have a responsibility to operate our vehicles safely,” said Paul Aasen, president of the Minnesota Safety Council.  “It may be alcohol, illegal drugs, prescribed drugs or even your favorite cold medicine that makes you unfit to drive. If you’re impaired when you drive, you simply can't drive responsibly and that's a problem for you and everyone else on the road.”

The publication is available online and hard copies can be requested free of charge by emailing trafficsafety@acg.aaa.com. 
 
 
 

Contact(s):

Gail Weinholzer
phone: 952.707.4985
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to over 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.


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