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Always designate a sober driver this holiday season

December 14, 2013

XENIA — The holidays are a time for celebration, visiting with loved ones, and reflecting on the year past and the year ahead. Yet all too often, the holiday spirit is destroyed by the recklessness of a drunk driver.


That’s why the Greene County Safe Communities Coalition is joining with highway safety partners and law enforcement organizations across the country this December to remind everyone that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, and that drinking and driving don’t mix.


“Whether you’ve had one or one too many — drinking and driving is never worth the risk,” said Laurie Fox, Safe Communities Coordinator. “If you are going to drink, designate a sober driver before the party starts, and encourage your friends and family to always do the same.”


Twenty-nine percent of fatalities during the Decembers of 2007 to 2011 occurred in crashes that involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.


“While everyone knows that driving a vehicle or riding a motorcycle while impaired seriously jeopardizes your safety and the safety of others on the road around you, we still see far too many lives lost each December,” said Lt. Doug Eck, Xenia Post Commander, Ohio State Highway Patrol.


If you are impaired, call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.

  • Designate a sober driver before the celebrations begin; plan a way to get home safely at the end of the night.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.


“The holidays should be a time for celebration, not tragedy,” Fox said. “Help us make Greene County’s roadways safer by never driving after drinking. Remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”


For more information on Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, please visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.