Happenings in December

Britt Young, Ad Sales

December is the time of year to be grateful for everything people have, also it is a time to be aware of safe driving and other issues.

On Northeast Community College in Norfolk it is Aids and National Drunk and Drugged  Driving Awareness Month.

On PubMed it defined AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) as the final stage of HIV disease, which causes severe damage to the immune system.

At one time AIDS was sweeping all over the United States and taking many casualties with it.  Through awareness and many speakers the number of cases has decreased drastically.

On PubMed AIDS was the number one cause of death in 1995, and now it is down to number six.

This disease usually the highest in the age 25 to 44.  It can be transmitted through sex, blood, and from mother to child (through birth).

Education is important to keep the decline of this fatal disease.  Hopefully someday AIDS will not be on the list of causes of death.

December is also the National Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Month.

Over the holidays it is very easy to get a drink at a party.  One drink, turns into two, and soon people are getting into their cars and trying to make the drive home.

On YourHealthInformation.com states that “more than 1.5 million people were arrested in the United States last year for driving drunk and at least that many are estimated to have driven under the influence of drugs.”

There are a lot of accidents that happen because of driving under the influence of some kind of substance.  Many lives can be saved if people follow some simple rules.

Remember to not drive home under any influence.  Catch a ride with someone or sleep it off.

Be careful on the roads at night and watch out for weaving drivers.  Call in drivers that are under influence.  Staying off the roads late at night will help people to stay safe.

Remember is holiday season as people go to parties, before getting in the car remember about the lives of others and be safe.

December is all about awareness and watching out for every ones safety.  Being educated and knowing what the right thing to do is important.