Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon

In support of the law enforcement community’s dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, you’ll see officers, troopers and deputies working together now through New Year’s Day to take drunk drivers off the roads. These expanded efforts to protect against impaired driving will be conducted in a fair and equitable way.

It’s important that drivers act responsibly, and that includes refraining from impaired driving. The holidays are a special time of year for most, and we really want our community members to enjoy this season. We need commitment from our drivers that they’ll keep the roads free of drunk drivers so everyone can have a safe holiday. Please join me in sharing this message: drunk driving is illegal and it takes lives. Help us put an end to this senseless behavior.

It is essential to plan a sober ride home before you ever leave for the party. There are too many resources to get you home safely. There are just no excuses for drunk driving.

If you’re the designated driver, make sure you keep that promise of safety to yourself and your passengers. Stay hydrated with water and other non-alcoholic beverages. Support other designated drivers, too. It can be a long night, but people are counting on you, not to mention the other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on the streets. Take the role of designated driver seriously — people are relying on you.

It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. And the costs can be financial, too: If you’re caught drinking and driving, you could face jail time, lose your driver’s license and your vehicle, and pay up to $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, higher insurance rates and lost wages.

As you head out to holiday festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.