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Stay safe this New Year's Eve

December 30, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

Everyone knows the dangers of drinking and driving, and everyone knows the partying that goes on on New Year's Eve, so there simply is no excuse for even thinking about getting behind the wheel while intoxicated Monday into Tuesday.

There really isn't any excuse for doing it any other day of the year.

Law enforcement will be out in full force to catch those drivers who ignore the message of don't drink and drive during the New Year's weekend.

Many people play it smart on New Year's Eve. They attend a party at a friend's house with plans to sleep there for the night. Other couples may go to a lavish dinner/dance at a hotel and book a room for the night. Then there are others who actually practice having a designated driver or even renting a limousine.

Many people believe it is dangerous to even be on the roads on New Year's Eve because of the drinking. They don't want to be involved in a wreck.

There may be a lot of alcohol consumed on New Year's Eve but there also is a lot consumed any weekend of the year.

People leave bars and get behind the wheel without thinking twice. Why think about it on New Year's Eve and not the other days of the year?

Alcohol impairs the ability to drive. It slows reaction time and also causes a driver to cross the center line. There are serious or fatal accidents every weekend in Ohio and West Virginia involving alcohol. Innocent family members are killed because someone was behind the wheel under the influence.

Make a New Year's resolution to not drive under the influence in 2013. Think seriously about the consequences of driving while impaired. It isn't worth it.

Let's make 2013 a year with less impaired driving arrests and less alcohol-related fatalities.

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