Retired Master Sergeant Takes Drunk Drivers off Texas Roads
Not too many people talk about the drinking problem that the military has in this country, but it’s always been with us. A 2009 report by the National Institutes of Health revealed that 43 percent of active-duty soldiers had admitted binge drinking within a month of the survey. Youth, stress, and a culture that values excessive drinking in a social context have let to problems, among them a higher than average drunk driving rate among military personnel. One of the ways this drinking takes a toll on both the armed services and society as a whole is the number of drunk driving collisions involving our men and women in uniform, a number which is much higher than the national average.
One serviceman is trying to change things on his home patch of Killeen, Texas. Retired Army Master Sergeant Mike Nuttall created a service called No DUI Killeen. It’s a free service staffed by volunteers who drive home people – many of them in military service in this city, which is home to Fort Hood ad III Corps.
To get a ride, customers need call the hotline between 11:00pm and 2:30 a.m on a Friday or Saturday night. The drivers earn no salary, though tipping is encouraged, as are donations. And they will get your vehicle home too, so there are no worries about retrieving your ride downtown the next morning.
No one starts a volunteer-based nonprofit to get rich. The only reason to keep an organization like No DUI Kileen going is to do the good work: keep drunk drivers off the road for their own protection, and the protection of others. Mike Nuttall deserves a salute from everyone in Killeen, Texas: army personnel and civilians alike.