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For Immediate Release
December 17, 2012
 
Contact
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or marla.augustine@nebraska.gov
 
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December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
 
Lincoln—December is a month filled with holiday parties, but alcohol can lead to motor vehicle crashes and deaths.
 
“No one thinks that their holiday celebration will end in tragedy,” said Scot L. Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “But for those who include alcohol in their celebrations and then get behind the wheel, this can happen. So do your part this holiday season by choosing to drive safe and sober and help others do the same.”
 
Before you head out to any holidays parties, if you plan on drinking, make sure you have a designated driver. 
 
If you are the designated driver, always buckle up and make sure your passengers are buckled in, drive with caution, and don’t hesitate to call 911 to report a suspected drunk driver.
 
If you are hosting a celebration involving alcohol:
  • Designate a sober driver or arrange another safe way home.
  • Never serve alcohol to those under the age of 21.
  • Plan safe parties, including providing non-alcoholic drink options to guests and not serving alcohol the last hour of the gathering.
  • Be prepared to get everyone home safe in case plans or individual circumstances change.
  • If someone you know is drinking, don’t let that person get behind the wheel. Your actions may save someone’s life.

“Have safe and happy holidays,” Adams said.

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