The Fort Bragg Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) is sponsoring this year’s national impaired driving prevention campaign “Drunk Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month.”
Along with organizations such as the Employee Assistance Program, Suicide Prevention Program, Risk Reduction, Provost Marshal Office, Army Community Service, Child Advocacy Program and Fort Bragg Legal Office, the month of December will be focused on preventing risks related to impaired driving.
Jamie Reed, ASAP prevention coordinator, said the team at ASAP is dedicated to promoting information about the campaign to the Fort Bragg community and hopes their efforts would have prevented someone from distracted driving, drunk driving or driving under the influence.
There is typically a spike in road tragedies over the holidays in December, he added referring to a Provost Marshal Office report he received.
“The more information we put out, (the more) it would prevent people from getting killed over the holidays,” Reed said. “(We) try to put information up on the marquees and different signs because we don’t have to lose any Soldiers. We want all our Soldiers to return in the month of January.”
According to an ASAP press release, there is a continual effort in pushing this initiative because the Army community needs to be more serious in educating the military and civilian personnel on the importance of not drinking or texting while driving.
“There can be a misconception that driving under the influence of marijuana or prescription medication is somehow safer than driving while impaired by alcohol,” it stated. “However, there has been numerous studies and research conducted on this topic to prove that to be untrue. The bottom line is impaired (driving) is (driving) impaired.”
On Dec. 11 and 14, there will be a Choose Your Ride display from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two information tables will be set up at the Mini Mall and an impaired driving prevention car from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office will be there. The car is a Ford Crown Victoria painted like a taxi on the back half and like a sheriff’s office patrol vehicle in the front.
On Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a 3D Month information fair at the Soldier Support Center. There will be interactive displays such as impaired driving goggles and non-alcoholic holiday party punch will be available for participants to try.
For more information, email Jamie Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (910) 643-9882.