Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving Campaign Underway

Posted Dec 13th, 2010 by Robert Kasprzak  Category: Community Interest,


The Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County recently allocated $19,000 in funding to Unison Behavioral Health Group. In an effort to get impaired drivers off the road during this holiday season, Unison is working with the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County to increase awareness about impaired driving. Components of the campaign include: outdoor advertising, social media and public education. The goal is to increase awareness of the problem; with special focus on young men aged 16-21.

Buzzed and drunk driving poses threats to public safety, as evidenced by the number of fatal crashes each year on our highways. In Lucas County, one in three drivers will be impacted by a buzzed and/or drunk driver this holiday season. “We know that the holiday season can be one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways due to an increase in buzzed and drunk driving,” said Dr. Larry Hamme, Chief Clinical Officer for Unison. “Don’t let your 2010 end in arrest or worse death.”

“Buzzed” is a popular term used to describe a feeling of slight intoxication after drinking or using drugs. Many people use the term to describe a condition that they see as being less than intoxicated. The reality is that being buzzed impairs judgement and that buzzed driving is impaired driving. Impaired driving remains one of America’s deadliest social problems.

“Most people don’t intend to drive drunk,” said Dr. Hamme. “But, at the end of the night, too many try to convince themselves and their friends that they aren’t drunk, just buzzed, and are perfectly capable of driving.” The “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving” campaign expands the “Friends Don’t let Friends Drive Drunk” campaign message and emphasizes personal responsibility. Being buzzed means being too impaired to drive. Period. Understanding this and planning appropriately can save lives.

The Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County and Unison Behavioral Health Group recommend these simple tips for a safe holiday season:

1. Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin
2. Before drinking or partying, designate a sober driver
3. If you’re buzzed, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation
4. If you happen to see a drunk or impaired driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call 911 to report the vehicle

And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get where they are going safely.

President Barack Obama’s office, designating December as “National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month” – Presidential Proclamation– National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Every day, millions of Americans travel on our Nation’s roadways. Thousands of these drivers and passengers tragically lose their lives each year because of drunk, drugged, or distracted driving. During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, we recommit to preventing the loss of life by practicing safe driving practices and reminding others to be sober, drug free, and safe on the road.

Impaired driving and its consequences can seriously alter or even destroy lives and property in a moment. This reckless behavior not only includes drunk driving, but also the growing problem of drugged driving. Drugs, including those prescribed by a physician, can impair judgment and motor skills. It is critical that we encourage our young people and fellow citizens to make responsible decisions when driving or riding as a passenger, especially if drug use is apparent.

This National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, we must also draw attention to the dangers of distracted driving, including using electronic equipment or texting while behind the wheel of a vehicle. When people take their attention away from the road to answer a call, respond to a message, or use a device, they put themselves and others at risk. Distracted driving is a serious, life threatening practice, and I encourage everyone to visit to learn how to prevent distracted driving.

My Administration is dedicated to strengthening efforts against drunk, drugged, and distracted driving. To lead by example, we have implemented a nationwide ban prohibiting Federal employees from texting while driving on Government business or when using a Government device. This holiday season, the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also sponsoring the campaign, “Drunk Driving: Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” Thousands of police departments and law enforcement agencies across the Nation will redouble their efforts to ensure impaired drivers are detected and appropriate action is taken. Additionally, the Office of National Drug Control Policy is working with Federal agencies to raise public awareness about the high prevalence of drugged driving in our country, and to provide resources for parents of new drivers about how to talk to their children about drugs.

As responsible citizens, we must not wait until tragedy strikes, and we must take an active role in preventing debilitated driving. Individuals, families, businesses, community organizations, drug free coalitions, and faith based groups can promote substance abuse prevention and encourage alternative sources of transportation. By working together, we can help save countless lives and make America’s roadways safer for all.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 2010 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. I urge all Americans to make responsible decisions and take appropriate measures to prevent impaired driving.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


About Unison Behavioral Health Group
With over 35 years of experience, Unison Behavioral Health Group is the community’s recognized and preferred leader in caring for the behavioral health and substance abuse issues of adults, adolescents and children. Unison accepts Ohio Medicaid and most private insurances. Through their contract with the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, Unison is able to offer subsidized services to Lucas County residents who are unable to afford the total cost of treatment. Unison is certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For more information, visit

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One Response to “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving Campaign Underway”

  1. alstom Says:

    Drunk or Drugged Drive

    A new federal survey delving into the driving habits of people 16 years and older, found more than 30 millions drove under the influence of alcohol while over 10 millions were high on drugs when behind the wheel in the United States last year.

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