In addition, Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition members offer prevention tips and local statistics on injuries and death related to driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, as well as distracted and drowsy driving.
According to Syndi Bultman, RN, MS, CEN, Injury Prevention Manager for Lee Memorial Health System and Chairperson for Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition,
injuries from motor vehicle crashes continue to be the No. 1 trauma alert at Lee Memorial Health System’s Trauma Center.
“As the holidays approach, more people will be on the roadways, rushing around to get ready for the holidays, attending holiday parties and traveling for holiday gatherings,”
During the 2011 holidays, between Nov. 20 and Jan. 5, Lee Memorial Trauma Services treated more than 200 motor vehicle crash patients with six fatalities reported.
During the holiday season and year-round, take simple steps to avoid driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, while tired or distracted:
Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
Designate a sober driver before drinking and give them the keys.
Use a taxi, limo service, public transportation or call a sober friend or family member to get home safely.
If you see an impaired driver on the road, call local law enforcement.
Don’t let friends drive drunk. Take their keys and help them make arrangements to get safely home.
Get adequate rest, bring a friend or family member on long trips and take frequent breaks when driving on trips.
If you need to take a call, pull over to a safe location until your phone call is completed.
The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition (http://www.leecountyinjuryprevention.org/