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A Little Holiday Cheer Can Go a Long Way On Our Roads This Holiday Season

Remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

[December 21, 2010: Bel Air, MD ]— As party-goers celebrate the holidays with friends and family, Harford County local law enforcement is reminding everyone to keep the party off the road. Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

"After hearing about the dangers of drinking and driving time after time, most people have gotten the message if they're planning on drinking they should always plan a safe way home," said Harford County Sheriff L. Jesse Bane. "But sadly, millions of Americans still think they are invincible and regularly choose to get behind the wheel after having a few drinks."

Bane said parents should take note that young males were at particularly high risk, with nearly one-quarter admitting to riding with someone who should not have been behind the wheel in the past year.

"We know that the holiday season can be one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America's roadways due to an increase in drunk driving," said Lt Chuck Moore of the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barracks. "Don't let your 2010 end in an arrest or worse death. Remember, whether you've had way too many or just one too many, it's not worth the risk!"

During the month of December 2009, 753 people were killed in crashes that involved a driver or motorcycle rider (operator) with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

Harford County Sheriff's Office 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, 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;
  • 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.

For more information, please visit www.StopImpairedDriving.org.

News Release

December 21, 2010

Contacts:

  • Monica A. Worrell
    410-836-5463

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