(Duluth, Ga., Dec. 21,  2017) – In honor of National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, the teen club, Helping Others Organize Kreative Everyday Differences (H.O.O.K.E.D.), joined the nationwide partnership with local community partners like the City of Duluth to reduce impaired driving.

The awareness campaign reminds the community that as the holidays near, the crash rate from impaired driving increases. Recent statistics drawn from the National Roadside Survey indicate that 40 percent of motor vehicle crashes involved at least one person that was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. On average, 304 people die in accidents with people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the Christmas to New Year holiday season.

Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris presented H.O.O.K.E.D. teen club members with a proclamation at the Duluth City Council meeting on Dec. 11.

The H.O.O.K.E.D teen club strives to educate teens about the dangers and consequences of drugged and impaired driving. National Impaired Driving Prevention Month is sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy to encourage local communities to focus on the prevention and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse problems. For more information on H.O.O.K.E.D. teen club, contact volunteerinparks@gwinnettcounty.com

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