JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The holidays have arrived. And with the holidays comes more travel than usual as people across the state fill their calendars with shopping trips, parties and out-of-town family visits and vacations. For those who plan to celebrate, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind Missourians to designate a sober chauffeur or arrange for a cab to avoid driving impaired this holiday season. Statewide, law enforcement will be on the lookout for impaired drivers with targeted enforcement efforts Dec. 15 through Jan. 1.
There were 86 deaths and 426 serious injuries due to crashes in Missouri during the last holiday season – that means 512 families’ holidays were forever changed. Change the numbers – don’t let anyone drive impaired. “We encourage all Missouri motorists to plan ahead – a safe and sober ride home means a safe and happy holiday season for everyone,” says Bill Whitfield, executive chair of the coalition.
Consider some of the consequences you may face should you choose to drive impaired:
To learn more, visit savemolives.com, or find them on social media at Save MO Lives, #DriveSoberMO.