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Buzzed driving is drunk driving


December 21, 2007
Friday AM

The holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year's is one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America's roadways due to an increase in drunk driving.

The Alaska Highway Safety Office is supporting our state troopers and local law enforcement agencies to remind everyone who will be celebrating during the holidays that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving and to never forget to plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.

As of today, Alaska has had 81 traffic-related deaths, compared to 74 in 2006 and 73 in 2005. Motorists are not the only ones at risk. This year 13 pedestrians have been killed - more than any other recorded year.

"Saving lives on our roads is a top priority and we need everyone's help to do it," said Leo von Scheben, Commissioner of Transportation and Public Facilities. "This holiday season, don't let your year end in an arrest-or even worse, death. Make smart decisions. Plan ahead, so you can assure a safe way home."

Following these easy steps, a driver can enjoy a safe and festive holiday without jeopardizing their life and the lives of the others who may be on the road:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and give that person your keys;
  • If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
  • Use your community's Sober Rides program through the Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant & Retailers Association (CHARR)
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;
  • And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

"The consumption of alcohol, drugs and driving just don't mix," said Cindy Cashen, Administrator for the Alaska Highway Safety Office. "Whether you've had way too many or just one too many, it's not worth the risk of killing yourself or someone else. Don't ever get behind a wheel of a vehicle when you are impaired."

Whether you've had way too many or just one too many, it's not worth the risk.


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Alaska Department of Transportation - Highway Safety


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