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Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team reminds residents ‘Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving’

RELEASE DATE: December 14, 2010

EUSTIS — The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) and local law enforcement announced support of a state enforcement crackdown, beginning Dec. 16 through Jan. 1 as part of the “Drunk Driving – Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” campaign entitled “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving”.

During the campaign, law enforcement will be stepping-up efforts to keep Lake County’s roads safe for the holidays.

“After hearing about 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 Noble Olasimbo, Chairman of the Lake County CTST. “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.”

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

Law Enforcement within Lake County recommend 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.
  • Remember that “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.

“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 Sgt. Thomas McKane, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and Co-Chairman of the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team. “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.”

For more information about the “Drunk Driving – Over the Limit. Under Arrest” campaign, log on to www.stopimpaireddriving.org, or for information about the Lake County CTST, call Noble Olasimbo at (352) 483-9092 or Cheryl Sutherland at (352) 483-9048.

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