Friday, July 29, 2016

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

For many, summer is a time of relaxation, vacations, and parties.  It's a time to get together with friends and family and celebrate just being together and taking it easy.  At many of these get-togethers, alcohol may be served.  It's always fun to party together, and relax, just make sure you and those around you are drinking responsibly.

Friday, August 19, 2016 through Monday, September 5, 2016 (Labor Day) is the national enforcement mobilization "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."  On average, more than 10,000 people die every year due to drunk driving. Drunk driving is one of the most deadly and common crimes committed. No one wants to receive a call stating a loved one has been killed due to drunk driving.

The good news is, there are some things you can do to prevent drunk driving.  These are basic ideas that we all probably know, but the reminders are always helpful.
  • Drink responsibly.  Know when to call it quits, or have someone who hasn't been drinking drive you home.  Never drive yourself or someone else anywhere if you are impaired.
  • Never encourage or endorse underage drinking.  If you know about it, put a stop to it immediately, call kids' parents, and take the proper steps to ensure it won't happen again and to keep kids safe.
  • Never get in the car with someone who is impaired due to drinking.  Encourage the intoxicated person to hand the keys to someone else or to call a cab.
  • Make a plan beforehand.  Ask someone ahead of time to check on you, to be sure you are not going to put yours, or someone else's safety in jeopardy.
As summer begins wrapping up, stay safe and drink responsibly.

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