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Posted on: November 22, 2017

December is Impaired Driving Prevention Month

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As the holidays are now here, the Apache Junction Police Department reminds everyone that December is Impaired Driving Prevention Month. As you celebrate with friends, co-workers and family please remember that drinking and driving still do not mix. Before you start celebrating decide what your role shall be: designated driver or drinker. If it is the latter, then you should plan to be a passenger with someone who has not been drinking. Prescription drug use should be considered carefully as well before getting behind the wheel.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that one person died every 50 minutes in alcohol-related vehicle crashes in 2016. That totaled 10,497 deaths in the United States last year.

Lieutenant Thomas Parker explained that the police department is engaging in “Operation Safe Package Delivery” from Nov. 22 through Jan. 1. The objective is to have people get to and from home safely. In support of grants obtained through the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, officers will be concentrating on traffic infraction and driving under the influence enforcement. If you are going to drink, have a plan for getting home safely:

  • Pick a sober driver
  • Use public transportation or call a taxi
  • Spend the night at a friend or family member’s home
  • Pay attention to others that are drinking around you. Do not allow them to get behind the wheel.
  • Any type of substance, including medical marijuana or prescription drugs can impair. Follow doctor’s direction on use and any restrictions on driving.
  • If you see a suspected impaired driver, call 9-1-1 to report this to law enforcement. You can help save lives.

Chief Thomas E. Kelly shared, “The AJPD wants everyone to have a wonderful holiday season and this starts by each of us looking out for one and another. Don’t let a bad choice (to drive after drinking) ruin your holiday with a DUI or worse. Please think of your family as well as your fellow citizen this holiday season, be courteous and drive safe. Have a HAPPY HOLIDAY.”

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