July 2013 Newsletter

July Offline Happenings!

4th of July Holiday
Summer Safety

July 4
Have a safe holiday!  Celebrate with care!

July 11 and July 25, 10:00 a.m.
Bully Prevention Community Coalition

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

July 8, 11 am – 1 pm
Healthy Homes Coalition

Siouxland District Health Department
Contact Alicia Sanders at asanders@sioux-city.org if you plan to attend.

July 17, Noon
Siouxland Council on Child Abuse and Neglect Meeting

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

MYTH:  Drinking and driving a boat is okay.
FACT:   Alcohol reduces reaction time and your ability to make quick, sound judgments in an emergency situation.  Don’t drink and drive! 

Holiday Safety–Every July 4th holiday, thousands of Americans drive after drinking alcohol or using drugs.  Impaired driving is no accident.  Every 40 minutes and nearly 40 times a day, someone in the United States dies in an alcohol impaired traffic crash according to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
A statistical projection of traffic fatalities shows that an estimated 34,080 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2012. This represents an increase of about 5.3 percent as compared to the 32,367 fatalities that occurred in 2011.  If these projections are realized, 2012 will be first year with a year-to-year increase in fatalities since 2005. Traffic fatalities have been steadily declining over the previous six years since reaching a near-term peak in 2005, decreasing by about 26 percent from 2005 to 2011. 

Much of the drunk driving tragedies can be prevented with a few simple precautions before going out to celebrate. Whenever you plan on consuming alcohol, designate your sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.  If you’re impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.  If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

The blood alcohol level for boating while intoxicated is .08–the same as a motor vehicle.  Remember that wind, sun, glare off the water, and water movement multiplies the effects of alcohol.  Help reduce vessel accidents, injuries and fatalities on the water by knowing your limits….08–Don’t Go Overboard. www.iowadnr.gov.
Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. Don’t ever get behind a wheel of a vehicle when you are impaired.

Best friends influence when teenagers take first drink

The Spring 2013 University of Iowa Magazine reports that best friends influence when teenagers take their first drink.  A national study by a UI-led team has found that adolescents who get their first drink from a friend-and not necessarily a family member-are more likely to drink sooner in life, which past studies show makes them more prone to abusing alcohol when they get older.  The researchers, led by Samuel Kuperman, professor of psychiatry in the UI Carver College of Medicine, looked at how five predictors of adolescent drinking behavior worked in concert.  They found that having a best friend who drank and had access to alcohol was the most important predictor.  In fact, adolescents whose best friend used alcohol were twice as likely to have a first drink.  The results also underscore previous findings that teenagers who have their first drink before 15 years of age are more likely to abuse alcohol or become dependent.  Start talking before they start drinking!

Looking for some helpful websites?


For more information on Boys Town Common Sense Parenting services, go to Parenting.org/csp or call 402- 498-1059 in Northern Iowa call 712-258-6523.



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Siouxland Fact 

George Gengler from Sioux City has been named Elk of the Year by the Iowa Elks Association.  Congratulations to George who has been an active supporter of drug prevention efforts in Siouxland for more than 20 years.  He is a great friend of Siouxland CARES and continues to coordinate prevention activities with us.  This is a well-deserved and long overdue honor.  Congratulations, George!! 

Bullying Information
Contact the Boys Town National Hot Line,
1-800-448-3000 or
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,
1-800-273-8255 or
A Youth Counseling Hotline,
Additional Resources:

Find out more about the beSomebody campaign by connecting to the Siouxland CARES website at www.siouxlandcares.org or beSomebody.us or Like us on beSomebody Facebook page.  Text “41411” and type in besomebody to received weekly text messages (rates may apply).

Tri-State Curfew

The following curfew is now in effect in Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, and Woodbury County, Iowa, North Sioux City, South Dakota, South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Dakota County, Nebraska. Please enforce these times in your home.

 10:00 p.m. for minors under the age of 14
11:00 p.m. for minors ages 14 and 15
Midnight for minors ages 16 and 17  

About Siouxland CARES.

Siouxland CARES (Community-wide Awareness, Resources, Education and Support) About Substance Abuse is a community coalition comprised of 350 volunteers. Volunteers for Siouxland CARES (representing 12 community systems) and staff contributed 16,296 hours in 2012 to CARES programs and services. The mission of CARES is to improve the quality of life in Siouxland by eliminating the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and related violence.

The Anti-Drug is Communication.
Ask Who? Ask What? Ask Where?
It’s not pestering, it’s parenting!

Trustworthiness:   Think it.  Be it.
Respect:  Give it.  Get it.
Responsibility:  Take it.  Teach It.
Fairness:  Share it.  Practice it.
Caring:  Show it.  Receive it.
Citizenship:  Have it.  Honor it.

Make Your Character Count in Siouxland!!


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