Union City police to participate in ‘Buzzed Driving’ campaign
In December 2006, a total of 1,076 people were killed in traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
That’s why the Union City Police Department is joining with national, state and local highway safety officials to remind everyone who will be celebrating during the Christmas and New Year’s season that “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving” and never to forget to plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
Union City police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols beginning Saturday and continuing through New Year’s Day as part of the “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving” campaign.
“The consumption of alcohol, drugs and driving just don’t mix,” Union City Police Chief Joe Garner said. “Whether you’ve had way too many or just one too many, it’s not worth the risk of killing yourself or someone else. Don’t ever get behind a wheel of a vehicle when you are impaired.”
Following some easy steps provided by police, a driver can enjoy a safe and festive holiday without jeopardizing his life or the lives of others who may be on the road. They include:
• Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
• Before drinking, designate a sober driver and give that person the keys;
• If you are impaired, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to ensure you get home safely;
• If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement;
• If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get where they are going safely.
“Saving lives on our roads is a top priority and we need everyone’s help to do it,” Garner said. “This holiday season, don’t let your year end in an arrest — or, even worse, death. Make smart decisions. Plan ahead so you can assure a safe way home.
“Whether you’ve had way too many or just one too many, it’s not worth the risk,” he added.
Published in The Messenger on 12.14.07