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End the Year with a Bang. Just Don't Drink and Drive.

Raleigh - New Year's Eve is a time for celebration. Everyone wants to have a memorable night, and alcohol use may be involved. The N.C. Governor's Highway Safety Program reminds drivers to not drink and drive by planning a safe way to get home.

"We want people to have a good time on New Year's Eve but be responsible and not drink and drive, said Don Nail, director of GHSP. "Law enforcement will increase the number of saturation patrols and checkpoints to remove those that have been drinking and driving off our roadways."

GHSP launched a mobile website BeSmarterThanThat.com that allows users to contact a designated a sober driver, download a ride app, find public transportation options, and find a taxi based on their location.

"Drunk driving is completely unnecessary and irresponsible," continued Nail. "We want to stress the importance of planning ahead before drinking. Save the website BeSmarterThanThat.com to your mobile device's home screen so you can get home safely."

Fatalities resulting from an impaired driver are currently down 19.4 percent compared to 2015, with 344 deaths in North Carolina so far this year. However, any life lost because of an impaired driver is one too many.

Follow these tips to stay safe on the road this New Year's Eve:

  • If you drink, do not drive. Buzzed driving is drunk driving.
  • Plan your safe ride home before you start the party. Designate a sober driver, call a taxi, use public transportation or use a rideshare app. Try the BeSmarterThanThat.com mobile site, which allows users to call a taxi or friend and identify their location so they can be picked up.
  • If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys and help them arrange a safe way home.
  • Speak up to a bartender or server if you see someone try to drive home.
  • If you see a suspected impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone's life.
  • Drive the posted speed limit. Slow down in work zones and in inclement weather.
  • Don't drive distracted. Remember that one text or call could wreck it all.
  • Buckle-up and make sure your passengers are always properly restrained.

For more information regarding Booze It & Lose Itactivities, contact Jonathan Bandy at (919) 814-3657 or visit ghsp.nc.gov.

Remember, plan ahead. Don't drink and drive. You're Smarter Than That.

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2/19/2018 7:47 AM