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Corpus Christi Kicks Off Safe and Sober Month

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coastal Bend chapter kicked off their annual Safe and Sober celebration on Friday.

About the Safe and Sober Initiative

Every year, civic leaders, educators, and the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coastal Bend chapter meet on the first Friday in December to declare December as Safe and Sober Month. The event is used as a forum to educate drivers and highlight the consequences of drinking and driving as we continue to move through the holiday season, when drunk driving accidents are at their highest.

This year marked the 23rd time that the event has been held in Corpus Christi, with the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse hosting their event at the First United Methodist Church on Shoreline Boulevard. The event included a free lunch and entertainment provided by the Del Mar College Choir and the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Flute Ensemble.

The event also featured guest speakers Carl Sherrouse from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Corpus Christi Chief of Police Floyd Simpson.

According to KIII-TV, police data suggests that there has already been a 20-percent increase in the number of DUI’s this year.

Drunk Driving During the Holidays

The Holiday Season, also referred to as the DUI season by some drunk driving awareness groups, begins the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and carries on until January 1st.

press release issued by Alcohol Monitoring Systems last month reports the number of drunk driving violations recorded during these five weeks will be roughly 33 percent higher than the average for the rest of the year.

Further, an average of 728 people will be injured or killed each day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day due to drunk driving accidents. A rate that is two to three times higher than the rest of the year.


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