|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2012
Contact: Nicole Armaganian
NH State Police
(wedu) NH Driving Toward Zero Coalition
603-647-9338 ext. 244
New Hampshire State Police and New Hampshire Driving Toward Zero Deaths Coalition Issue A Holiday Reminder About Impaired Driving
Encourage the public to use good judgment when celebrating this holiday season
Concord, NH (December 19, 2012) – In 2011, 13 people were killed in traffic crashes in New Hampshire between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve; so far this year, a total of 103 people have lost their lives on our state's roadways. There is no question that the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year, from shopping for that perfect gift to attending countless celebrations with family, friends and co-workers.
"Saving lives on New Hampshire roadways is a top priority and we need everyone's help to do it," said Colonel Robert Quinn of the New Hampshire State Police. "Driving a vehicle while impaired is not worth the risk of killing yourself or someone else."
The NH State Police, as part of the NH Driving Toward Zero Coalition, joins with other state, local and county safety officials in offering these simple tips to help New Hampshire residents enjoy a safe and festive holiday without jeopardizing their own lives and the lives of others:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver and give that person your keys;
- If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
- Use your community's "Sober Rides" program, where available;
- If you notice a vehicle operating erratically and suspect an impaired driver, contact law enforcement by calling 911;
- If someone you know is about to drive while impaired, take his or her keys and help him or her make arrangements to get home safely.
While it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, it is important for people to be responsible and to remember that consuming alcohol and driving a vehicle do not mix. It is also important to consider the effects of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs and how these substances can also cause impairment, especially when combined with the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
The New Hampshire State Police and all NH Driving Toward Zero Coalition members ask you to be responsible and safe this holiday season, because one death is too many.