Every May 5th, many people nationwide get together to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with lots of festivities, food, and alcohol. What also happens every year is a tragedy as a result of drinking and driving. If you plan to celebrate with alcohol this Cinco de Mayo, plan NOT to drive.
Statistics show that in 2012, a person was killed every 51 minutes as a result of a drunk driving crash. Many of the victims of this preventable tragedy were innocent victims. Designate a driver, plan to stay with friends who are hosting the party, or celebrate with non-alcoholic beverages if you plan to enjoy this popular celebration where alcohol is served.
“We at the Safe Communities Program encourage drivers to remember that ‘Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving’, and that one day of celebrating is not worth a lifetime of regret”, stated Teresa C. Carper of the local program. “We also encourage anyone who sees someone that they believe to be impaired on the road, to call local law enforcement or 9-1-1.”
With Spring and Summer, many special events, festivals, and parties will be held right here in our own community. Plan ahead, and plan for safety, when it comes to alcohol and driving. Local law enforcement will be out this Cinco de Mayo, and with other upcoming events, to make sure drivers and passengers remain safe in Pickaway County.
“Don’t Let the Fiestas become Fatalities” this Cinco de Mayo! For more information on this and other traffic safety issues, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .