EUSTIS - The holiday season is usually a time to enjoy traditions, food, family and fun, but the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) is reminding residents that local law enforcement will be out beginning this week through Jan. 2, 2012, to arrest anyone caught driving while impaired.
“The message is simple, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” said Sgt. Tom McKane, Chairman of the Lake County CTST. “Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle or ride a motorcycle.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 753 people killed in the month of December 2009, 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 your local law enforcement;
- And remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take that person’s keys and help him or her make other arrangements to get home safely.
“Unfortunately, millions of drivers on America’s highways choose to jeopardize their safety and the safety of others on our roads,” added McKane. “Whether you’ve had way too many or just one too many, it’s not worth the risk, because there will be no spreading holiday cheer behind the bars of a jail cell.”
For more information, visit www.nhtsa.gov, or for more information on the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, call (352) 483-9048.