Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Have a Safe Holiday Season!

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, last year more than 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.  More than 400 of those deaths occurred during the last half of December alone.  With the holidays coming up, there are many more opportunities for party-goers to drink, and for those people to drive with alcohol-impaired vision, coordination, judgement, and control.  In order to prevent tragic crashes and deaths this holiday season...
  • Pick a designated driver at the beginning of the night! The driver should not be the person who has had the LEAST to drink, it should be a designated person who will consume NO alcohol.
  • Limit your drinks to one per hour, and alternate every alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic beverage.
  • If someone is trying to drive and has had too much alcohol for this to be safe, don't be afraid to take their keys! Even if it's an inconvenience, they will appreciate the gesture in the morning when everyone is safe.
  • If no one in your group is sober, call a taxi.  The extra fee is worth the lives you will be saving.
Driving drunk is not only dangerous, it is expensive!  A first-offense DUI in the state of Montana can cost up to $1,000, and includes license suspension and possible jail time.  That doesn't sound like a very nice way to spend your winter break!  Be careful when drinking, and have a safe and happy holiday season.

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