The holidays are a time for celebration, visiting loved ones and reflecting on the year past and the year ahead, yet the holiday spirit can be destroyed in a second by the recklessness of a drunk driver.
This month, the Sandusky County Health Department is joining with highway safety partners and law enforcement organizations across the country to remind everyone that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, and that drinking and driving don’t mix.
“Whether you’ve had one or one too many – drinking and driving is never worth the risk,” said Bethany Brown, the Sandusky County Health Department Director of Nursing. “If you are going to drink, designate a sober driver before the party starts, and encourage your friends and family to always do the same.”
Twenty-nine percent of fatalities during the Decembers of 2007 to 2011 occurred in crashes that involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 grams per deciliter or higher, Brown noted.
“While everyone knows that driving a vehicle or riding a motorcycle while impaired seriously jeopardizes your safety and the safety of others on the road around you, we still see far too many lives lost each December,” said Lt. Brent Meredith, Fremont Post Highway Patrol.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 760 people died as a result of drunk driving-related crashes during December 2011.
The Sandusky County Health Department is encouraging people to take steps to ensure their holiday celebrations don’t end in tragedy.
• Designate a sober driver before the celebrations begin; plan a way to get home safely at the end of the night.
• If you are impaired, call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member.
• Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
• If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
For more information on Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.