Shasta County Press Release, 7/10/18: Impaired driving accounts for more than 16,000 deaths, one million injuries and $45 billion in costs to society every year. With shocking numbers like that, students from Anderson New Technology High School have partnered with Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency to produce two, 3-minute videos to help raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving.
Just like drunk driving, driving under the influence of drugs is a crime – whether your impairment is
due to prescribed medications, illicit drugs, over-the-counter medications or marijuana.
Consequences of driving under the influence include up to $10,000 in fines, fees and insurance costs,
license restrictions, missed work or school and a criminal record. “While part of the message is the
legal and monetary consequences of driving under the influence, what these videos really do is allow
youth to talk directly to their peers in a really unique way,” said Wendy Millis, Community Education
Specialist II for the HHSA’s Public Health Branch. “It’s not just about following the rules, we’re
talking about life and death.”
The full videos can be viewed on the Shasta HHSA YouTube channel or the “Drive Sober Shasta”
Facebook page (see below). Links to the videos will also be circulated to the public through digital ads.
For more information on the campaign, including future plans for the next school year, contact
Wendy Millis at (530) 245-6858.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety,
through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
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