Since it is the holiday season I believe that it is important and timely to highlight the dangers of drinking and driving. We must never lose sight of the fact that everyday in this country there are far too many families suffering due to the selfish acts of a drunk or drugged driver.
During this time of year we must all remain vigilant of driving responsibly, and stress the importance of this message to our community of friends and family. If you plan on driving and drinking leave your car home and do not accept a ride from someone who has been drinking at your social gathering. If traveling as a group choose a designated driver or make arrangements for car service.
My office treats drunk driving very seriously.
In addition to the prosecution of drunk drivers, I have
created a prevention program known as “Choices and Consequences” to
address the deadly problem of reckless and drunk driving among
teens. Dedicated members
of my specialized Vehicular Crimes Bureau visit high schools
Automobile accidents are the number one killer of young people between the ages of 16 and 24. Each year approximately 6,000 young lives are lost and another 300,000 teens are injured in car accidents. In our state more than 20 percent of all highway fatalities involve the use of alcohol or other substances.
With these safety considerations in mind I hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.