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Staying safe this holiday season

The holidays are coming up – and I’m looking forward to celebrating.

No matter how you celebrate, please make sure to take every precaution to guarantee your safety and that of those around you. The roads are dangerous this time of year – and they get riskier when drivers are drunk, distracted or otherwise impaired.

Drunk driving crashes injure someone every two minutes and kill someone every 52 minutes. These crashes are much more frequent at night – and icy roads certainly don’t help. As you’re traveling to your holiday destination, it is crucial that you remain vigilant so you get there safely.

For years, preventing drunk driving and improving road safety have been top priorities for me. As District Attorney, I held drunk drivers accountable for their crimes, and led the push to overhaul New York’s DWI laws. In Congress, I’m working on measures that utilize advanced technology to keep drunk drivers off the roads. You can count on me to keep fighting to end the drunk driving epidemic that kills more than 10,000 people each year in America – and I’m counting on your help during this holiday season.

Each of us has an important part to play in preventing drunk driving. Before you go out for the night, make a plan to get home safely – designate a driver, or arrange a ride for you and your friends. If you’re hosting a holiday party, ask your guests when they RSVP how they plan to get home, make sure to have plenty of water and non-alcoholic drinks on hand, and never let anyone who’s been drinking get behind the wheel of a car – they’ll thank you for it in the morning. And if you do have to be on the road, keep your eyes out and call the police immediately if you see signs of an impaired driver.

Happy (and safe) Holidays!

Posted on December 12, 2015.
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