Roanoke Prevention Alliance and Roanoke Police Department Promoting a Safe Memorial Day weekend and ask everyone to: Designate a Sober Driver!
WHO: The Roanoke Prevention Alliance and Roanoke Police Department want everyone to be safe and ask, “If you are going to drink alcohol, please Designate a Sober Driver!”
- Memorial Day weekend represents a 3-day weekend for most and has become increasingly associated with family gatherings, outdoor concerts, parades and the beginning of the summer festival season.
- The Roanoke Police Department is increasing sobriety checkpoints to target alcohol impaired drivers during the Memorial Day Weekend.
- It is estimated that drivers with BACs at or above 0.08 g/dL (the legal limit in VA) were involved in the deaths of 10,228 road users in the United States in 2010 and that, had all these drivers had BACs below 0.08 g/dL, 7,082 of these deaths would have been prevented (NHTSA).
- For many Americans, Memorial Day weekend has become a popular opportunity to get together with friends and family, unfortunately, due to drunk drivers, the festivities can end in tragedy.
- This Memorial Day weekend if you plan on drinking alcohol, don’t drive and Designate a Sober Driver!
- The consequences of drinking and driving are serious and could include killing yourself or others, but people need to also remember the consequences can include significant trauma and financial costs as well.
- VA law now mandates that DUI charges come with a minimum $250 fine, the loss of their driver’s license or a restricted license for 1 year and the installation of an ignition interlock system to start their car for a minimum of 6 months. Other consequences include higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, lost wages due to time off from work and having to bum rides to go anywhere.
What’s Your Plan?
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin:
- Before heading out, Designate a Sober Driver and have them pick you up.
- Know who to call before you are impaired and have the numbers programmed into your phone: call a taxi, a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely
- Make arrangements to stay with the party hosts
- If you know someone who is about to drive impaired or ride with someone who is impaired, help them make other arrangements
- If a friend is drunk and wants to drive, don’t let it happen, even if it means taking the keys away
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement
– Submitted by Ray Bemis