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MDOT urges drivers to keep "holiday spirits" off the road

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For many across the nation the holiday season brings good cheer.

Sometimes that can be followed by tragedy.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation wants to remind the public of the importance of always driving sober. 

The holidays are full of gatherings of family and friends, many of them involving alcohol. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that over the entire month of December 2013, a staggering 733 people lost their lives in crashes involving a drunk driver.

Drunk driving is an epidemic in our country year-round.

According to NHTSA, 32,719 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013, and 10,076 of those fatalities occurred in drunk-driving-related crashes.

Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for drunk driving or being involved in a crash. 

While you’re celebrating the holiday season, MDOT offers these tips to ensure Mississippi’s roads are safe for all this holiday season:

  • Planning ahead is the key in avoiding a DUI or a deadly drunk driving crash.  If you know you will be celebrating with alcohol, make plans to have a designated driver or taxi take you home.
  • Give your keys to a trusted friend or family member before you have even one drink.
  • Protect your loved ones from the dangers of drunk driving; if someone you know is drinking do not let them get behind the wheel.   
  • If you see someone driving drunk, call the police when it is safe to do so. Getting drunk drivers off the roads saves lives. 
  • Be aware of other drivers; don’t assume that everyone else is driving as safely as you.

During the holiday season, law enforcement actively looks for drunk drivers. Enjoy time with loved ones and stay safe on the roadways.

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