Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Fifth Week of Alaska Highway Safety Month
(JUNEAU, Alaska) – “Holidays see an increase in alcoholic consumption,” said Department of Transportation and Public Facility Commissioner Marc Luiken. “It also means more people attempt to drive after they have been drinking and that isn’t a good idea.” Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is the theme for the fifth week of Alaska Highway Safety Month. “The message is simple,” said Luiken, “drinking alcohol and driving do not mix.”
The Alaska Highway Safety Office (ASHO) recommends these simple tips for a safe holiday season:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation
- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call 911 and Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately (REDDI).
“Whether way too many or just one too many, it’s not worth the risk,” said AHSO Administrator Cindy Cashen. Drunk driving creates serious consequences.
The Alaska State Troopers and other local law enforcement agencies are combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through paid advertising and publicity during the holidays to remind people NOT to drink and drive.
Governor Parnell proclaimed November as Alaska Highway Safety Month to promote driver safety, increase driver awareness and reduce traffic crashes.
The Alaska Highway Safety Office is coordinated by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. For more information visit: www.dot.alaska.gov/ahso
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 254 airports, 11 ferries serving 33 communities, 5,700 miles of highway and 660 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of ADOT&PF is to “Get Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
Posted: November 28, 2011