OK guys!  You know I am not much of a “cause” gal, but let’s face it, the holiday’s can be deadly.  And if my posting this can keep one person from thinking that they are fine to drive after 2 drinks, when they are just feeling “good”, then it is worth the time to do it. 

The fact is, last year, more than 250 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday periods.  This is simply a critical time to continue spreading the word.

Whether at a holiday party, a New Year’s Eve bash at a bar or reveling with friends, many of us will be on the road this holiday season. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council are reminding everyone that the best way to stay safe is to plan ahead and designate a sober driver before you head out for your festivities.

Below you will find tools that you can use and pass on to your friends and family!  The goal is to have everyone back here on January 2nd with happy, cheerful stories!  

If you Tweet:

  • Join the Twitter Q&A on Thursday, December 9th at 2 PM ET. Follow the hashtag #buzzeddriving to get safety tips and prevention advice from NHTSA experts. You can follow the chat here:http://tweetchat.com/room/buzzeddriving

        Designated Driver Drink List — One of the most important things you can do before going out is designate a sober driver. If you’re throwing a party, make sure to offer non-alcoholic drinks for the sober drivers. We’ve compiled a Facebook tab with 50 non-alcoholic party drink recipes.

        Alternative Ride Locator — Check out this link to find  a Facebook tab with a list of nationwide alternative ride programs that can help keep you safe this holiday season!

        Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving website — You can sign a pledge not to drink and drive; play “Spot the Difference,” an interactive game that simulates the effects of buzzed driving; and watch a real-life video about how buzzed driving changed one woman’s life.  This might be great if you have older teenagers and/ or young adults heading out to celebrate this year!

This holiday season, let’s work together to put an end to buzzed driving. Don’t let your friends or family ruin the holidays and the end of the year with a DUI — or worse. A new year is coming up — do your part to lower the number of alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2011! Ring in the New Year safely.  Plan ahead and designate a sober driver before you begin celebrating. 

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving!