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Avoid Impaired Driving this Holiday Season

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), drunk-driving crashes cause more than 10,000 deaths per year nationwide. That’s especially troubling during the holidays, when many people are traveling to and from gatherings and holiday parties where alcohol is served.

The NHTSA recommends the following safety tips for enjoying the holidays with friends and family responsibly:

Being a responsible driver is simple: if you are drinking, do not drive.

  1. Plan your safe ride home before you start the party, choose a non-drinking friend as a designated driver.
  2. If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys and help them arrange a sober ride home.
  3. If you drink, do not drive for any reason. Call a ride-hailing service, a taxi or a sober friend.
  4. If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
  5. Always wear your seat belt—it’s your best defense against impaired drivers.

If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone’s life.

We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season!

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