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Daily News Editorial – Please don’t drink and drive

By Staff | Dec 26, 2007

The holidays are a time of celebration and joy with family and friends and a time to relax as many have several days off in the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

We encourage everyone to take advantage of your time off and enjoy the holidays but please enjoy them responsibly.

Now that Christmas has passed, the New Year’s holiday is around the corner and we know many of you will be going to family and friend’s homes to celebrate.

We ask that you remember the basics if you choose to add any alcohol to your celebrations.

Don’t drink and drive. This basic is paramount. According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, in 2006 during the month of December, 106 people lost their lives in drunk driving accidents. In the same period, 17,602 people in the United States were killed in drunk driving crashes. Those fatalities account for 41 percent of all traffic deaths in the country last year.

The DOT says when making holiday plans at a location where alcohol will be served, remember to have a designated driver and hand over your keys before you decide to drink anything.

To protect yourself from drunk drivers, remember to wear your seat belt every trip, every time.

The holidays are a time when we’re all suppose to have some fun, we understand that, but if you decide to have a little too much fun, please don’t drive.

An accident involving a drunk driver is not only deadly, but in a time of happiness and celebration a fatal accident–or any accident, for that matter–where alcohol is related is devastating and very much preventable.