The Durham Middlefield Local Wellness Council has been selected by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, the nation’s leading substance abuse prevention organization in the country, to participate in an innovative national project to address impaired driving.
The project, funded by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, will support the coalition’s efforts to adopt and implement evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies to reduce impaired driving in Durham and Middlefield.
While episodes of drinking and driving have decreased nationwide by 30 percent over the past five years, it remains a severe public health issue. In 2010, over 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashed, accounting for one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
The Durham Middlefield Local Wellness Council, one of 11 selected, will receive: face-to-face and web-based training; ongoing technical assistance; access to helpful tools and materials developed by NHTSA; and consultation with researchers and experts in the field.