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December 22, 2010

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or

Make Holiday Parties Safe for Friends and Family; Don’t Drink and Drive

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Lincoln –For the holidays, people get together with friends and family to celebrate. If you’re hosting a party this holiday season, take steps to keep your friends safe and make sure no one from your party drinks and drives.

In 2008, one-third of all traffic-related deaths were the result of alcohol-impaired driving crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Deaths that are the result of drunk driving are tragedies because they didn’t have to happen,” said Scot L. Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “Having a designated driver or taking a cab are the safer choices.”

These holiday tips can help you and your friends stay safe:

Plan ahead. Before the celebration begins, designate a non-drinking driver to get people home safely.

Be a helpful host. Offer alcohol-free beverages. Provide food, which slows absorption of alcohol. Make sure your guests leave with a sober driver. Call a cab for a guest if necessary.

Don’t get in the car with an impaired driver, and don’t let your friends do so, either.

Take the keys. Don’t let a friend drive if they are impaired.

December is designated as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month to raise awareness of the risks associated with driving after drinking or using drugs.