MERCY HOLDS REALITY EDUCATION AND PREVENTION PROGRAM
Mercy Medical Center held a news briefing on Tuesday outlining their plans for this year’s holiday focus on keeping drunk and drugged drivers off the roads.
The initiative is part of Mercy’s Reality Education and Prevention Program (REAP). This year, Mercy focused on the role that local judges, physicians, corrections and probation officers, morticians and bankers have in helping underscore the tragic toll that impaired driving brings to Siouxland every year, particularly around the holidays.
Carla Granstrom, Mercy’s REAP and Outreach Coordinator, reported that impaired driving is no accident. It is a serious crime that kills more than 1.3 million people a year and injures an additional 50 million. Someone dies every 48 minutes. “This represents 32% of traffic fatalities,” says Granstrom. “It is estimated that about 20% of the population will be involved in an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident in their lifetime.”
Although fatalities involving drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of 0.08 or above have declined slightly in recent years, there is still much to be done. “The deadly risks and costly consequences of driving while impaired are far too serious,” said Granstrom. “With increased enforcement efforts and well-trained law enforcement officers, if you are caught driving while impaired, you will be arrested.”
Jim Wharton, VP of Marketing and Business Development
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator