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The 3 Most Common Reasons People Drink and Drive

Even when they believed they were over the legal limit, drivers reported they still chose to get behind the wheel for the following reasons:

  1. Still thought they were okay to drive (43.7%)
  2. Didn’t have very far to go (12.6%)
  3. Thought they could drive carefully enough (10.9%)

Of those reports, younger men and drivers who had previously received traffic tickets were more likely to drive even when they thought they were under the influence.

A 2016 report by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows “the number of fatalities in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver increased by 3.2 percent, from 9,943 to 10,265.”  This represents 29 percent of over-all fatalities in 2015.

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Please Be Safe this Super Bowl Sunday


“According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2015 on average one American was killed in a drunk driving crash every 51 minutes. Alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities often spike on holidays and popular drinking days, like Super Bowl Sunday.

Data shows that states and regions with a team in the game can see drinking violations double or even triple. Last time the Patriots made it to the championship game in 2015, violations in New England were two times higher than the rest of the country on Super Bowl Sunday, and 103 percent higher than a usual Sunday in that region.”

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FREE, 10-Session Course for Adults Living with Mental Health Challenges

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a FREE, 10-session course for adults living with mental health challenges. NAMI Peer‐to‐Peer provides an educational setting focused on recovery that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. The NAMI Peer-to-Peer education program is:

  • FREE and confidential
  • Held once a week for two hours
  • Taught by trained Peer Mentors living in recovery themselves
  • A great resource for information on mental health and recovery

NAMI Pinellas, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its  NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Program for the fall beginning Wednesday, February 8th. It will be held on Wednesdays from 10:00am- 12:00pm in the portable classroom of  Northwest Church of Christ 6355 38th Ave N St. Petersburg, FL 33710.

Register Now

Stacy Freskos, Education & Support Specialist NAMI Pinellas County, Florida
P. O. Box 12773 St. Petersburg, FL 33733 727-826-0807

Participant Perspectives

“This course has literally been a life saver. It has opened my eyes to better understanding my illness and methods of recovery I did not know about before taking NAMI Peer-to-Peer.”
“Since taking the course I have gained employment and committed to my recovery.”
“NAMI Peer-to-Peer gave me a better understanding of the ment al illness I have and how to manage it.”

About NAMI

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Pinellas County is an affiliate of NAMI Florida. NAMI Pinellas County and dedicated volunteer members and leaders work tirelessly to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy and support group programs for people in our community living with mental illness and their loved ones.