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The month of December is often packed with parties coupled with bad winter weather, which can be a fatal combination for those who decide to get behind the wheel and head home high or intoxicated. It also happens to be National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, a perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the risks of impaired driving and what can be done to prevent it.

Memorial Day
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4th of July
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Labor Day
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New Years Eve
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Total votes: 53

Answer: The 4th of July.

The 4th of July is repeatedly one of the most dangerous holiday time periods when it comes to impaired driving. Based on data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, impaired drivers were involved in more car crash fatalities per day over the 4th of July holiday period than during any other major holiday period from 2007 to 2011.

In honor of National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, The Buzz invited David Friedman, Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to write a guest blog for us.

Recent research has shined a light on the potential adverse cognitive and health effects of disrupting the natural sleep cycle of teens, including an increased risk of obesity, depression, automobile accidents, and poor academic performance. Now, an emerging body of research is providing yet another reason to ensure that teens get enough sleep: the significant link between sleep patterns during middle and high school and the risk of substance use.

On October 1, 2014, CVS Health went tobacco free. This is a huge step forward when it comes to tobacco prevention. But it also brings to light the reality that the majority of tobacco sales take place at convenience stores, supermarkets, tobacco stores and beer, wine and liquor stores, not at drugstores. So while this change is monumental, we still have a lot of work to do when it comes to combating the tobacco epidemic at the point-of-sale.

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