Fort Hood senior leaders pledged their assist for the annual Tie One On for Security marketing campaign, Tuesday, as they signed a marketing campaign pledge and tied a purple ribbon on their automobiles, a logo of their assist for the marketing campaign.
The Tie One On for Security marketing campaign is an annual nationwide observance designed to remind individuals to not drink and drive by tying a purple ribbon on their car, signifying the blood of these victims who lose their lives in drunk driving accidents yearly. In keeping with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, greater than 10,000 individuals die yearly in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
“That is one dangerous habits that’s 100% preventable,” Lt. Gen. Pat White, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding normal, mentioned.
After signing the marketing campaign pledge, White, together with Command Sgt. Maj. Cliff Burgoyne, III Corps and Fort Hood command sergeant main; and Maj. Gen. Steven Gilland, III Corps and Fort Hood deputy commander for maneuver, tied purple ribbons on the entrance of their automobiles.
Began by Moms Towards Drunk Driving, the annual marketing campaign started in 1986 to place an finish to alcohol-related car fatalities. In keeping with MADD, among the most harmful instances of the yr to drive is in the course of the vacation season, between Thanksgiving and New 12 months’s Day.
Fort Hood’s Military Substance Abuse Program has purple ribbons for individuals to tie on their automobiles to indicate their assist for the marketing campaign. The brilliant purple ribbon is supposed to encourage individuals to cease and query the importance of the ribbon.
Ronald Smiley, ASAP prevention coordinator, mentioned they’re encouraging individuals to seek out alternate technique of celebrating, as an alternative of turning to alcohol. If alcohol can be consumed, he urges individuals to have a plan for alternate technique of transportation, resembling Uber, Lyft, taxi or a chosen driver.
“In the course of the vacation season, the nation continues to see a rise in accidents and POV (personally operated car) fatalities attributable to errant habits,” Smiley added. “This marketing campaign will assist increase consciousness of the hazards of ingesting and driving in the course of the vacation season.”
Even after the marketing campaign season, he encourages individuals to be cognizant of what they’re doing year-round. Smiley encourages individuals to maintain cash put aside to pay for his or her trip dwelling or name their first-line supervisor for a trip. There’s additionally an app individuals can obtain to discover a designated driver. The Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration’s SaferRide app is a main instance of easy methods to discover a designated driver within the space. The free app is obtainable on Android and Apple units.
“Don’t drink. In case you drink, don’t drive,” White suggested. “That’s the rule, but we lose 10,000 yearly to drunk driving. Let’s get after stopping it.”
For extra details about the Fort Hood ASAP, go to https://home.army.mil/hood/index.php/units-tenants/Garrison-1/directorate-human-resources/army-substance-abuse-program, https://www.facebook.com/FortHoodASAP or name them at 254-287-7575.