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It's July and Summer has Officially Begun!

Tomorrow’s July 4, 2012, also known as Independence Day. A day we celebrate our liberation from Great Britain with fireworks and barbeques (naturally).

And of course, barbeques often include drinking (at least if you go to a fun barbeque), which sometimes leads to bad decision making. See where we’re going here? Though some of these decisions are harmless (lampshade hats, anyone?), others are downright dangerous. In fact, thanks to drunk driving, July 4 is the deadliest day of the year on our roads.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled some drunk driving statistics with the hope that they’ll encourage you to think twice before drinking and driving. Happy 4th of July, everyone, but please stay safe on the road tomorrow (and every day).

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According to data from NHTSA, during July 4th holiday period over the last five years (from 2009 to 2013), 750 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more. These fatalities account for 39% percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period.

WESU radio interview by CASAC friend Helen Evard of Executive Director Tom Steen was recently aired.
Please click the link below to listen.

Here are the details:

Episode: Mind Matters - Regional Action Councils
 We speak with Tom Steen, Executive Director of one of Connecticut's 13 RACs, public/private partnerships tasked with gathering information and conducting prevention strategies across the state.  The proposed 2015 budget threatens their valuable work.

Show: Mind Matters
 Mind Matters, hosted by Dr. Helen Evrard, brings you information on issues relating to the brain diseases known as mental illness.  Guests discuss holistic or alternative approaches, or may share their own stories of personal healing and achievement.  


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