Wednesday, December 30, 2015

BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING #BUZZEDDRIVING

On behalf of the Ad Council and the U.S Department of Transportation. They need your help to prevent drunk driving fatalities during the holidays
 
The holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family. But it’s also a time to make sure you are keeping the ones you love safe. Whether you’re at a holiday gathering or a New Year’s Eve bash, many of our social plans involve driving.

According to the National Safety Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the period between Christmas and New Year’s typically has one of the highest rates of impaired driving fatalities.

Fatalities related to drunk driving are 100 percent preventable and the spike in buzzed driving around the holidays is especially alarming.

Some stats:

  • In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. These alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for more 31% of the total motor vehicle traffic facilities in the United States.
  • Alcohol-impaired drivers were involved in 37% of traffic fatalities during the Christmas holiday period and 44% of traffic fatalities over New Year’s – making the winter holiday seasons one of the deadliest times to be on the road.
  • Buzzed driving can cost around $10,000 in fines, legal fees and increased insurance rates.
 Ring in the New Year safely and plan ahead and designating a sober driver before you
go out this year. Here’s how you can help spread the word:
These new PSAs, which were created pro-bono, ask viewers to think about a different set of consequences than previous drunk driving ads: the actual financial cost of being pulled over for driving buzzed. These costs–between fines, rising insurance costs, lawyer fees and more–could total over $10,000.
  • Make sure to visit http://buzzeddriving.adcouncil.org/ to sign the pledge to not drive buzzed and learn more about buzzed driving and the dangers that can come with it.  


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Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole from Betty Crocker!


1
lb uncooked spaghetti
4
eggs
1/4
cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/2
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2
cup butter, cut into chunks
1
container (8 oz) cottage cheese
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1
lb ground beef
1
jar (25.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic tomato basil pasta sauce
1/4
cup heavy whipping cream
8
oz mozzarella cheese, shredded or sliced

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish.
  • 2 Cook spaghetti to al dente as directed on package.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat eggs, parsley and Parmesan cheese with whisk. Drain spaghetti, and add it right back to the hot pot. Add the butter and the egg mixture to the spaghetti, and quickly toss until evenly coated and the eggs have formed a sauce. Add mixture to baking dish.
  • 4 Add cottage cheese and cream cheese to the pot you tossed the spaghetti in, and mix until combined. Pour the cheese mixture directly over the spaghetti mixture, spreading it out in an even layer.
  • 5 Heat 10-inch skillet (or use the pot you cooked the spaghetti in) over medium heat, and brown the beef, 5 to 8 minutes; drain. Remove from heat, and stir in the pasta sauce and cream. Spread mixture over cheese layer. Then add the mozzarella cheese in an even layer over top.
  • 6 Place baking dish on large cookie sheet. Bake 30 to 45 minutes or until the cheese is melted and lightly browned on top. Cool 5 minutes before serving. Serve with fresh mozzarella and basil, if desired.
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