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Give your loved ones the gift of safety buzzed driving is drunk driving

December 10, 2011
Reinbeck Courier

There will be many reasons to be merry this holiday season. Making sure that your loved ones enjoy themselves responsibly is one of the most reliable ways to guarantee their safety. That is why Grundy County Public Health would like everyone to embrace the spirit of driving sober this season.

The message is simple, drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. If you plan to consume alcohol, you should plan not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Unfortunately, millions of drivers on America's highways continue to make deadly decisions by driving a vehicle or riding a motorcycle while intoxicated, which jeopardizes their safety and the safety of others on our roads.

The holiday season can be one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America's roadways due to drunk driving. Taking a risk on having your 2011 end in an arrest or death is just not worth it.

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 your local law enforcement;

Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride with a driver who is impaired, take the driver's keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

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