For more information, contact Leanna Depue at 573-751-0599, or Kelly Martin at 573-645-9353.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO -Calendars are quickly filling with festive social gatherings and parties. During this hustle and bustle time, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety reminds motorists designate a driver or call a cab and avoid driving impaired. Law enforcement is on the lookout for impaired drivers, with targeted enforcement efforts Dec. 10-16."Drinking and driving is never a good combination. It's just not worth the risk," says Leanna Depue, executive chair of the coalition. "If you're going to drink, plan another way home before the celebration begins, and encourage your friends and family to do the same." Throughout December, safety advertising in restaurants and bars will remind patrons to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Santa's reindeer adorn restroom posters, mirror clings and drink coasters with a "Don't Drive if You're Tipsy, Buzzed or Blitzen" message. These lively little reindeer are a creative reminder of the importance of driving completely sober. There are no excuses to drive impaired. The facts are known - drinking and driving is a lethal combination. The consequences can be fines, jail time, or even death. In December 2011, 67 people died and 456 were seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes. Seventeen of those fatalities and 69 of serious injuries involved an impaired driver. To learn more, visit the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety website at savemolives.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter at Save MO Lives.