December 16, 2011 01:00 ET

There Are No Festivities in Jail

Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwire - Dec 16, 2011) - As you celebrate the holiday season enjoying traditions, food, family and fun, be reminded that law enforcement will be out in force this holiday season from December 16, 2011 to January 2, 2012, to arrest anyone caught driving drunk.

"The message is simple, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan for safe transportation home," said Romell Cooks, Regional Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Region 7.

In 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.

Ms. Cooks 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.

"There will be no spreading holiday cheer behind the bars of a jail cell," said Ms. Cooks. "Don't let your 2011 holiday season 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."

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