An average of 27 people in the United States died daily in an alcohol-related crash last year, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

To combat the issue, the Fort Hood Substance Abuse Program is conducting its Summer Sense Campaign from now until Labor Day.

This year’s theme is “Keep It a Safe Summer,” and organizers said they hope to elevate the alertness of potential dangers surrounding the increase of alcohol intake during the summer.

The campaign kicked off May 27 and runs through Sept. 2 with different booths set up at various locations every month.

Employees of Fort Hood’s Substance Abuse Program will be available to provide additional prevention education, visual displays and other related activities upon request.

“Our hope is through these informational displays, residents will become more aware of the dangers and consequences of alcohol and other drugs,” said Ronald Smiley, prevention coordinator at Fort Hood’s Substance Abuse Program. “(We hope) they share this information with others.”

The booths focus on raising awareness of the dangers of alcohol while swimming or operating a car or boat.

Smiley said residents should know the basics of Texas law when it comes to drinking and driving.

“You cannot afford a DWI/DUI,” he said, adding it can cost anywhere between $8,000 and $15,000. “If you drink, have a sober designated driver or take a cab. Make a plan before you start drinking (because) once you start drinking without a plan, you put everyone at risk.”

Smiley said military and civilian residents who know someone with or who has an alcohol or drug problem can call Fort Hood’s Substance Abuse Program at (254) 287-7575.

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