In Dec. 24 IssueRussell County NewsBy Ron Cowell, Columnist
It's hard for me to believe another year has passed us by. It just seems like yesterday everyone was worried about Y2K in 2000.
No matter how you look at it another year is gone and the Holiday season is upon us. I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
With Christmas and the New Year will come family gatherings, office and home parties. With that thought in mind I wanted to talk to everyone about making it a safe holiday season.
Every week we talk about the past, the classic cars right along with what the future vehicles will be like.
This week I want to join with the Police Departments and the Kentucky State Police to e4ncourage everyone to do not "drink and Drive". If you're not drinking and driving watch out for that other guy that might have downed a few and then got behind the wheel. It's a time for defensive driving.
If you are going to be drinking have a designated driver who can make sure everyone gets home safely.
It would make it wonderful year if we got through the holidays without one traffic death or injury due to drunk drivers.
Local law enforcement and the Kentucky State Police will be out looking for those impaired drivers.
Statistics show that the holiday season has the greatest incidence for accidents involving alcohol.
Before you get behind the wheel of that car think about your family and loved ones and how much you care about them. How would you feel if a drunk driver killed one of them. That's the chance you will be taking if you turn that key and start driving after you have been drinking.
If you are stopped by the police and have an alcohol reading of .08 or higher you will be placed under arrest, even if it's your first time.
Your driving record will show this offence, your insurance will go up.
As bad as all that may seem the good part is the police got you off the street before you killed or injured yourself or someone else. What a horrible season it will be to loose someone you love or be the cause of someone loosing a loved one.
I am a retired Police Officer and handled my share of accidents involving drivers who have been drinking.
It's no fun to pull up to a scene and see people severely injured or even dead. The harder part is going to the family of that person to tell them.
It's kind of a joke that's really not all the funny but the person you stop for drinking and driving will usually tell you, "yes I have been drinking but only a couple".
The sad thing is that most people who are drinking get behind the wheel and actually believe they are fine to drive.
According to State Police records there were 29,064 arrests made in 2008 for drunk drivers. It would be such an easy thing to stop. If you have been drinking get someone who has not been drinking to take you home. If you are driving and see someone you believe to be driving drunk report them to the local police or state police. You could be saving a life, or maybe even your own…
So this year let's make it a safe and wonderful Holiday season and let's get through it with no deaths due to drunk driving.
There will be a lot of parties and celebrations going on and as a reminder, if you must drink don't drive.
If you are at a party or someplace and haven't been drinking and see someone who has, take their keys from them or take them home. Don't drink and drive and don't let someone else.
So we will wrap this week up with a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year wish to all. Let's make it a safe one.
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Till next time, "Keep Cruisin."