Give Your Loved Ones the Gift of Safety
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
Angleton, Texas — There will be many reasons to be merry this holiday season. And making sure that your loved ones enjoy themselves responsibly is one of the most reliable ways to guarantee their safety. That is why the Bay Area Council On Drugs & Alcohol 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 or ride amotorcycle,” Dannielle Meyer, BACODA’s Brazoria County Community Coalition coordinator, said.
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.
“We know that the holiday season can be one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways due to drunk driving,” Meyer said. “Taking a risk on having your 2011 end in an arrest or death is just not worth it.”
During December 2009, there were 753 people killed in crashes that involved drivers or motorcycle riders with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 grams per deciliter or higher, in the United States. Over just the Christmas weekend, 262 people were killed and 97 accounted for alcohol-impaired driving fatalities.
“Give a gift by being responsible or modeling responsible behavior, and coming home in one piece to your loved ones,” Meyer said.
Meyer recommends these simple tips for a safe holiday season:
Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
If you’re impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
Use your community’s Sober Rides program, DD4Hire at 1-877-780-7384 or visit their website at www.dd4hire.com. DD4Hire can even take you home in your own car.
If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement.
And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
BACODA is a non-profit 501(c)3 agency that has provided substance abuse prevention and intervention services since 1974. BACODA’s mission is to help individuals, families and communities stop alcohol/drug abuse and addiction. BACODA’s services extend to Southeast Harris, Galveston, Brazoria and Matagorda counties. BACODA is a United Way Agency. For more information, visit www.bacoda.org.