Keep Your Holidays Merry and Bright: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

By: 
Mary Cameron
Coordinator Carbon County DUI Task Force

The holiday season is often a joyous time for family and friends in America. Sadly, the increased festivities also mean an increased number of impaired drivers traveling on our roadways. To help keep roads safe for holiday travelers, state and local law enforcement, in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), will be looking for drunk drivers during a special Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization from Dec. 15 - 31.
By making the choice to drink and drive, drunk drivers put themselves, their loved ones, and the loved ones of others at risk for injury or death. Choosing this behavior is selfish and reckless.
For this reason, law enforcement will be out in full force to seek out drunk drivers. Anyone caught driving while impaired faces significant legal and financial consequences.
If you’re celebrating the holidays with alcohol, plan for a sober ride home ahead of time and never risk driving after drinking. Even refusing to take a breathalyzer test in many jurisdictions has consequences. If you think you won’t pass a breathalyzer test, you don’t belong behind the wheel.
Travelers should follow these tips to stay safe on the road this holiday season:
Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use Uber or a taxi to get home safely.
Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.
If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact Carbon County Dispatch at 911.
Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
Always wear your seatbelt! It’s your best defense against a drunk driver.
The festivities are meant to be enjoyed, but always drink responsibly, and never choose to drive drunk. As you head out from your holiday parties, always remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

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  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 9:30am
    The annual meeting of the Carbon County Arts Guild is Jan. 17 at 9:30 a.m. in the north gallery. The agenda is: Review of 2017 Annual Report; Old Business; Election of Officers for 2018; New Business; Comments and Announcements. The public is welcome to attend.
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    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
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    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.