Friday, December 23, 2011

Remember: "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over"

 As you celebrate the holiday season enjoying traditions, food, family and fun, be reminded that State Troopers will be out in force this holiday weekend to arrest anyone caught driving drunk behind the wheel.
“The message is simple, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle", said Major Donald DePass, Troop D Commander.
Unfortunately millions of drivers on America’s highways still think they are invincible, and they choose to jeopardize their safety and the safety of others on our roads, he said.
“Don’t let your 2011 holiday season end in an arrest or worse, death", DePass said. Remember, whether you’ve had way too many or just one too many, it’s not worth the risk.”
In December 2009, there were 753 people killed nationwide in crashes that involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .08% or higher.
The New York State Police recommend these simple tips for a safe holiday season:
    • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
    • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
    • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
    • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact 911.
    • And remember, Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take that person’s keys and help him or her make other arrangements to get home safely.

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