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November 30, 2009 12:00 AM
Give the Gift of a Safe Lift this Holiday Season
Designated Driver Gift Cards Available at saveMOlives.com

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Looking for the perfect gift for that friend who has everything? Send a Designated Driver Gift Card and serve as their sober driver this holiday season to ensure they make it home safe and avoid a DWI arrest.

"Even a little holiday cheer can impair your driving," said Leanna Depue, chair of the executive committee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. "These gift cards offer a free, safe alternative to driving impaired."

The gift cards, distributed by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, can be sent electronically at saveMOlives.com. Designated Driver Gift Card-givers merrily offer to be a sober chaffeur to the recipient. When sent online, recipients are asked to return the favor.

Missouri law enforcement will be cracking down on impaired drivers Dec. 7-13 as part of a special holiday campaign known as You Drink & Drive. You Lose.

The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are usually filled with lots of holiday travel and cheer. Unfortunately, it can also be a very dangerous time on Missouri roads. In 2008, between the two holidays, 94 people died in traffic crashes (15 were alcohol related) in Missouri and 5,163 were injured (with 363 related to alcohol).

Even if you are not involved in a crash, consider the consequences if you are caught driving while intoxicated: you could have your license suspended, or even lose it, incur thousands of dollars in fines, and end up serving jail time.

Make sure your friends and loved ones Arrive Alive this holiday season. Give the gift of a safe lift. To send a Designated Driver Gift Card, visit saveMOlives.com.

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