Many of you have known someone killed in a vehicle crash. Family members, friends, friends of friends—with more than 30,000 people killed each year, it’s likely you and your family have been touched by these tragic numbers.
More tragically is that one-third of those killed each year are involved in drunk-driving-related crashes. These crashes are 100 percent preventable. It’s simple: Do not drink and drive. Technology has brought us so far in how we are able to access public transportation and ride share services, and it is easy to designate a sober friend to get us home safe and sound after a night out.
This holiday season, we’re teaming up other law enforcement agencies to remind all drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving. With the holiday festivities and extra office parties taking place, it’s essential to plan a sober ride home before ever leaving for the good time. This holiday, as you head out for a night of celebrating, remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. If you plan to be someone else’s designated driver, stick to that commitment. Your friends are relying on you, and you could save a life.
The holidays should be a time for celebrations and making memories, not a time of nightmares for families. Unfortunately, alcohol at many holiday events contributes to the number of impaired drivers on our roadways. Help us spread the message: Even one drink is one drink too many. If you feel buzzed, you are already drunk.