National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

WHEREAS, Curry County values the health and safety of all its citizens; and,

WHEREAS, local leaders, in government and in the community, understand that the continued support and efforts of the citizens in our community is the most effective tool in their efforts to reduce the use of alcohol and drugs by New Mexicans; and,

WHEREAS, according to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 20.7 million people aged 16 or older drove under the influence of alcohol in the past year and 1,108 million drove under the influence of illicit drugs; and,

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)reported that twenty-eight (28) people die in motor crashes that involve an alcohol impaired driver every day in the United States. That is one (1) death every 51 minutes with an annual cost of more than $44 billion dollars; and,

WHEREAS, the CDC also reported that in 2015, 10,265 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for 29% of all traffic-related deaths and 3,952 fatally injured drivers tested positive for drug involvement in the United States; and,

WHEREAS, according to the New Mexico Department of Safety, alcohol is involved in 40-percent of all fatal traffic crashes in New Mexico which makes alcohol-related traffic fatalities the single largest factor in this state’s traffic deaths; and,

WHEREAS, the New Mexico Department of Transportation ranks Clovis as tenth (10th) in the Top-Ranking Cities in New Mexico for Alcohol-involved Crashes in 2015.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Ben McDaniel, Chairman of the Board of Curry County Commission, do hereby designate the month of December, 2017 as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month and urge all Curry County residents to drink responsibly and not let friends drink or do illicit drugs and drive.

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