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April 28, 2014 09:32 AM
This Cinco de Mayo, Don't Let Fiestas Lead to Fatalities
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

JEFFERSON CITY -In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become synonymous not only with tacos, sombreros, and piñatas, but also with margaritas, tequila, and beer. With alcohol playing such a big part in these festivities, it's no surprise that impaired driving is a big concern on May 5.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind partygoers that drunk driving should never be part of your Cinco de Mayo plans. Always designate a sober driver.

"Some people have this misconception that they can drink a little, and drive safely," says Leanna Depue, chair of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety's executive committee. "The only safe driver is a completely sober driver."

In 2013, one person was killed and 12 seriously injured in substance-impaired driving crashes on Cinco de Mayo (6 p.m. May 3, 2013 to 5:59 a.m. May 6, 2013). This indicates that people aren't planning ahead.

Here's the worst part - these impaired driving deaths are preventable. You can have a safe and happy Cinco de Mayo by taking a few minutes ahead of time to get a plan together.

Law enforcement is always on the lookout for impaired drivers, and those who are caught will be arrested. In many jurisdictions refusing a sobriety breath test can result in enhanced penalties, including immediate loss of your driver's license. If you are going to drink at all on Cinco de Mayo, designate a sober driver.

For more information, visit http://www.savemolives.com/ or Facebook and Twitter at Save MO Lives.  Arrive Alive.

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