Holiday boozers beware: Clermont cracking down

December 12th, 2013    Author: Administrator    Filed Under: Community

Clermont County Safe Communities hosted the 8th Annual Clermont Mocktails Contest on Nov. 26 at UC East. County businesses and agencies, like the Clermont YMCA (pictured above), created mock party drinks to promote responsible use of alcohol during the holiday season. From Dec. 13, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014, state and local law enforcement will be watching for drunk drivers to keep roads safe for holiday travelers.

This holiday season, Clermont County police will be out in force cracking down on drunk drivers throughout the region with aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement.  From Dec. 13, 2013, to Jan. 1, 2014, state and local law enforcement will be watching for drunk drivers to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers.

Unfortunately, the excitement and celebrations of the holiday season can lead to terrible decisions– and serious legal consequences.

Data shows that the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads. Law enforcement is prepared to stop and arrest any drunk driver they see to keep roads safe.

Nationally, in the Decembers from 2007 to 2011, there were  4,169 people killed in crashes that involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,367 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes across the nation in 2011, and 31% (9,878) of those fatalities occurred in drunk-driving-related crashes.

“The December holiday season is the ‘most wonderful time of the year,’ and our local law enforcement is going to keep our roads safe for travelers heading to visit friends and family,” said Kelly Royalty, Clermont County Safe Communities coordinator. “This holiday, show zero tolerance will be shown for drunk drivers on the road. If you choose to drive drunk, they will see you, stop you and you will be arrested.”

Drunk drivers often face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, to lost wages due to time off work. Even worse, a drunk driver can cause a traffic crash that claims someone’s life or their own.

Please follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:

Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk — or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.

If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving.  Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.

If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation

Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.

For more information on Clermont County Safe Communities and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, please visit http://clermont.osu.edu/topics/clermont-county-safe-communities or call OSU Extension Clermont, the Clermont Safe Communities coordinator, at (513) 732-7070.

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