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Drunk driving ruins lives, careers

Posted 12/16/2013   Updated 12/16/2013 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Lauren-Taylor Levin
354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

12/16/2013 - EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska  -- After enjoying the holiday festivities, individuals may not have the clearest mindset and could potentially make a bad decision. Different people have different reactions to alcohol, so it is always encouraged to have a plan for safety.

That plan could be the one thing that keeps you from losing your job or worse.

"If you decide to get behind the wheel intoxicated you are going to have to pay the consequences," said Master Sgt. Anthony Mosher, 354th Security Forces Squadron superintendent. "Commanders have a firm footing when it comes to the options for a punishment for those individuals who receive a DUI."

If pulled over and suspected of driving under the influence, law enforcement will have individuals go through a field sobriety test to determine if the driver is impaired.

Mosher said regardless of what the individual's commander or Air Force judge official says, a DUI offender's license will be taken away because that is the law in Alaska.

"If you are stuck in a situation, there is always a way out," Mosher said. "Even I've called Airmen Against Drunk Driving for their support providing a ride."

AADD is an avenue for an individual to make the right decision as far as not drinking and driving. In 2013, AADD has already prevented 194 individuals from receiving a DUI.

"I highly encourage people to call if they need a ride even if we're a back up to their original plan," said 2nd Lt. Marquis Smith, AADD president.

To prevent yourself or another individual from getting a DUI, remember to always have a plan. That plan could save your life or someone else's. AADD's hours of operation are Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

For more information or to volunteer with AADD contact Smith at 377-7026. To reach AADD dispatch, call 377-RIDE (7433).

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