Vigilance Needed When Driving This Holiday Season

You Better Watch Out – Not Cry – Not Pout, and I’m telling you why, MADD Wants You to Stay Safe This Holiday Season


With the upcoming excitement of the holiday season, thoughts turn to spending time with loved ones, enjoying traditions, and feeling the spirit of the season. However, it is also important to remember to keep your family safe during the holiday travel time.

The holidays are the busiest time of the year—with office parties, celebrating with friends, family get-togethers, and the excitement for the upcoming New Year. All of which should be exciting and fun for everyone. But these wonderful times frequently turn tragic when someone decides to get behind the wheel after they’ve been drinking.

Drunk driving is a choice, and it is 100 percent preventable. Too often people think, “I’ve driven a hundred times before with no problem”, or “just this once won’t hurt”. But that one decision could change the outcome for not just their life but for the lives of so many innocent families.

Please be aware of what your actions could bring. If you chose to partake in the festivities, remember to have a plan in place before you start drinking for how you will get home. Have a designated driver, take public transportation, or get a cab… It’s that simple. This one act alone could save so many lives and prevent families from the hurt and heartache drunk driving can cause.

In Minnesota, officers are patrolling even more this time of year. It isn’t because they are ticket happy, but to help keep you and your loved one safe this year. And just as Minnesota has upped patrols to keep the roadways safe, law enforcement agencies across America will be out in force December 12 through January 1, 2015—actively searching for drunk drivers as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign due to the increase in drunk driving around the holidays each year. Police will be increasing their number of patrols, setting up sobriety checkpoints, and using local media to reach all drivers.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has also organized ceremonies across the U.S. to help honor and remember those killed by drunk drivers. The Minnesota chapter held a candlelight vigil to remember those who have lost their lives due to car crashes resulting from drunk driving.

Each year, more than 10,000 people are killed and another 290,000 injured in drunk driving crashes – each one preventable.

Drinking is not a game left to chance. So many families have lost loved ones who will never be there to sit around the Thanksgiving table, open another gift under the tree, or ring in the New Year. Please don’t be a statistic, be the solution by planning ahead before your holiday festivities begin.

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