The holiday season is here. Yesterday of course, was Christmas. Now, as we head for the next big holiday, New Years Day, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to remind drivers that it’s dangerous to drive after drinking.
The Williams County Health Department’s Safe Community program reminds drivers that even if you only have a little bit to drink and think you’re “OK to drive,” you could still be over the legal limit, because ‘Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.‘
Drunk driving remains a killer on our nation’s roads. Every year, more than 10,322 people are killed by drunk drivers in America. This time of year is especially dangerous due to holiday celebrations and frequent parties. In December 2012 alone, 830 people were killed in crashes involving at least one drunk driver or motorcycle operator. On average, about 31 percent of all crash fatalities in America involves drunk driving.
Safe Communities has issued a press release, urging folks to plan ahead by designating a sober driver. If you plan on drinking at all, don’t plan on driving. To help make the choice not to drink and drive on New Year’s Eve, the annual Safe Ride Home program will be provided as a community service by Grace Community Church in combined effort with WBNO-WQCT Radio and Williams County Safe Communities from the Williams County Health Department.
On New Year’s Eve from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. volunteers from Grace Community Church in Bryan will pick you up at any home, tavern, party, club, or organization in Williams County and provide you a safe ride home to locations within Williams County. Best of all, this service is free. You may call 419–636-5449 and reserve a safe ride home before the party or you may call on New Year’s Eve.
According to Shannon Cooley, administrator at Grace Community Church, last year 50 people were provided with safe rides home on New Year’s Eve.
Whether you’ve had one, or one too many, always hand the keys to a sober driver or call 419–636-5449 on New Year’s Eve for a Safe Ride Home.