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Lorain County Sheriff's Office to be on lookout for drunken drivers during holiday season

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Lorain County Sheriff Phil Stammitti promises increased enforcement of drunken driving laws throughout the county during the holiday season as part of a year-end Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign.

“We want to keep our roads safe for holiday travelers, so we will have zero tolerance for drunk driving,” Stammitti said in a statement.

The holidays are a time of parties and celebrations, and those events can include alcohol.

“Unfortunately, alcohol at many holiday events contributes to the number of impaired drivers on our roadways,” Stammitti said. “Help us spread the message: Even one drink is one drink too many. If you feel buzzed, you are already drunk.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37,133 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2017, and 29 percent (10,874) died in crashes where the driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of .08.

This holiday season, The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and NHTSA are urging drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving, and follow these trips to stay safe on the road this holiday season:

  • If you will be drinking, plan on not driving. Plan your safe ride home before you start the party. Designate a sober driver ahead of time.
  • If you become intoxicated, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation. Try NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, which is available on Google Play for Android and in the iTunes store for Apple devices. It allows users to call a taxi or friend and identify their location so they can be picked up.
  • If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange a safe way home.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone’s life.
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