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Obama Declares December National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

By John Disque

Obama is urging young people and fellow citizens to take more responsibility. Included in the education campaign is the danger of distractive driving such as texting and talking on their cell phones.

United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is standing behind and sponsoring the campaign and The Obama administration has taken steps to ban Federal employees from texting while driving on government business or when using a government device.

"Are you under the influence? You're going to jail." There's no two ways about it. Police departments across the nation are doubling their efforts this year to detect and take appropriate action on impaired drivers.

At the same time agencies throughout the USA are increasing public awareness and working together with their own-implemented campaigns geared toward educating the public and increasing access to alternative transportation.

"Waiting for tragedy is too late," says Obama. "We have to prevent it before it happens. I urge all Americans to make responsible decisions and take appropriate measures to prevent impaired driving."

Published December 14, 2010

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