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Sheriff: Be responsible; don’t drink and drive

Sheriff: Be responsible; don’t drink and drive

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Now that the holiday season is here, Americans across the country are planning their holiday travel. For some, the holiday will not be a celebration.

For the last four years — 2005-2008 — 67 percent of the motor vehicle fatalities occurring from midnight to 3 a.m. involved an impaired driver. For the same four-year period, the midnight to 3 a.m. and the 3 to 6 a.m. time frame had the lowest occupant restraint use involving motor vehicle fatalities — only 27 percent of those who died in crashes were properly restrained. 

Those driving under the influence in Mclean County will be arrested.

Drivers need to be responsible and take simple precautions. The McLean County sheriff’s office recommends:

Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.

If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

Promptly report impaired drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement.

Wear your safety belt. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.

There is no excuse for impaired driving that will satisfy a McLean County law enforcement officer.

Do the right thing this holiday season and throughout the year — think first! As the old cliché goes, the life you save just may be your own. In McLean County, if you drink and drive, you lose!

Sheriff Mike Emery, Bloomington

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