Today's message is simple, but it needs to be said:
Click on the "Play" arrow to hear a public-service announcement from me on safe driving.
In the past few months I've enjoyed the opportunity to travel across the country and visit with many different people in many different places. I am so proud of the people I've met. And, I'm so thankful for the opportunity to witness the diverse bounty America offers.
As we celebrate this 4th of July, I hope everyone has an opportunity to appreciate these things.
|Another development I'm celebrating today is a
report from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration that
the number of overall traffic fatalities reported in 2008 hit the
lowest level since 1961 and fatalities in the first three months of
2009 continue to decrease.
But, we can do better. So, as we celebrate this weekend, I hope everyone will consider NHTSA's reminder that "Buzzed driving is drunk driving."
During the July 4th holiday period in 2007, there were 200 traffic-related fatalities. Of those, 44% involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
Many of us mistakenly think that having one too many will not impair our driving ability. That is not the case. You don’t have to be ‘falling down drunk’ to be a threat to yourself and others on the road.
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I'd like to come to work on Monday and have something else to celebrate, that Americans took to heart NHTSA's message that buzzed driving and the 4th of July don't mix.
Safe travels, everyone-