Safe Family: Celebrating New Year's safely

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

The New Year is upon us, and there is a campaign geared at keeping you safe!

"Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest" is in its third year. It's supported by $7 million worth of TV and radio advertising to alert drivers to stay sober on the roads during this New Year's holiday.

Nicole Nason with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says, "Everyone can help take responsibility for helping to make the roads safer during the holidays. If you're going out and drinking plan ahead. Get a designated driver or take a taxi. If you see someone on the road that appears to be swerving or appears drunk call your local law enforcement officers and report them. They really do appreciate it."

The consequences can be great. A drunk driving conviction could cost you between $5,000-10,000. But the greatest consequence could be the loss of life.

Chief Ron Ruecker, President, International Association of Chiefs of Police, says, "One of the most difficult things a police officer is ever called upon to do is go to somebody's door at 2 o'clock in the morning and tell them that their son or daughter isn't coming home because they've been killed in a traffic crash."

Sobriety check points will be set up and police officers will be in full force. So play it safe: call a cab, sleep over, or have someone sober drive. Don't get behind the wheel if you have been drinking, even just a little bit.

For more on this topic, visit

www.nhtsa.dot.gov

Or check out Mothers Against Drunk Driving Tips

http://social-activism.suite101.com/article.cfm/madd_holiday_safety_tips


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