EUSTIS — The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) is reminding everyone to embrace the spirit of driving sober this holiday season, by making sure that loved ones enjoy themselves responsibly to guarantee their safety.
“The message is simple – drinking alcohol and driving do not mix,” said Sgt. Tom McKane, Chairman, of the Lake County CTST. “If you plan to consume alcohol, you should plan not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle or ride a motorcycle.”
Unfortunately, millions of drivers on America’s highways continue to make deadly decisions by driving while intoxicated, which jeopardizes their safety and the safety of others on the 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,” said McKane. “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.
The Lake County CTST recommends these simple tips for a safe holiday season:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home
- 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 local law enforcement
- And remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride with a driver who is impaired, take the driver’s keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
For more information, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or for information on the Lake County CTST, call (352) 483-9048.