DC Leaders Launch A Distracted Driving Campaign, DC Mayor Announces A New Tool In The Fight Against Opioid Overdose Deaths

DC leaders launch a distracted driving campaign…

DC City Officials and AAA Mid Atlantic are teaming up today to kick off a campaign about distracted driving. It is in conjunction with April being National Distracted Driving Month.

Metropolitan Police and DDOT spokespeople will be on hand for an 11 am press conference where they will discuss the dangers and consequences of being distracted by texting or from alcohol. Today’s news conference will be held near 14th and “U” Streets in Northwest.

The discussion is expected to include how MPD will enforce distracted driving laws. Mayor Muriel Bowser will also speak and she will talk about her Vision Zero plan.

DC Mayor announces a new tool in the fight against Opioid overdose deaths…

There is a new tool in the fight against Opioid deaths in the District of Columbia. Today, DC Mayor Muriel Bower will announce that DC Police Officers and members of the Narcotics and Special Investigation Divisions will have the life-saving Naloxone with them. The medicine will be stored on the outside of their vest.

It’s a big move because often time police officers are the first person on the scene of a possible drug overdose. In 2017, the District had 279 deaths related to Opioid overdoses. Advocates say this change will save lives. If you want to find out more about the District’s strategic plan to reduce the number of Opioid usage and deaths you can read “Live.Long.DC”

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