You Drink and Drive. You Lose.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Getting behind the wheel if you are tipsy, buzzed or Blitzen is not only against the law, it could be tragic or deadly on the road. This holiday season, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants Missourians to remember impaired driving leaves a human toll of lost lives, grief-stricken family and friends, injuries and disabilities that never go away.
"We all know it's not a good idea to drive impaired, but some people may not realize that even one drink can mean the difference between life and death on our roads," said Leanna Depue, chair of the coalition's executive committee. "Keep the party off the road and celebrate safely."
In 2009, 280 people were killed on Missouri roads due to impaired driving. The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be an especially dangerous time of year for motorists. Between the two holidays in 2009, 88 people died in traffic crashes in Missouri (21 were alcohol-related) and 4,650 were injured (with 343 related to alcohol).
The coalition is urging everyone to drive sober, call a cab or designate a driver. A special remembrance page called the "Human Toll" has been created on Facebook at facebook.com/humantoll for people to post stories about the effects of impaired driving in hopes that other families will be spared. As always, law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for anyone driving impaired and will be increasing enforcement Dec. 6-12.
Even if you are not involved in a crash, consider the consequences if you are caught driving while intoxicated: you could have your license suspended, or even lose it, incur thousands of dollars in fines, and end up serving jail time.
"Drive sober, buckle up and ARRIVE ALIVE," Depue said. "Travel safely."
To learn more about impaired driving or other safety programs, visit saveMOlives.com.