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Think twice before having that drink

‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and it is a good time to think about parties and drinking and driving.

We expect this year there will be fewer parties and those that are held will be attended by fewer people. In addition, bars and restaurants in Ohio will close well before midnight on New Year’s Eve because of COVID-19 restrictions.

That said, we also expect that alcohol will be available at some of those parties. People will gather in living rooms and barrooms to toast, enjoy each other’s company and gaze at the holiday lights.

One set of lights you do not want to see this holiday season is the flashing lights of a police car in your rearview mirror after you leave that holiday party.

State and local police agencies preach the message all year about the dangers of drinking and driving, but it is even more relevant around the holidays.

Eating and drinking too much at holiday parties can be easy when surrounded by friends and family.

As always, think twice before drinking and driving at holiday events.

If you are at a party, keep track of how many drinks you have had before deciding whether you can drive. If you are going with a group of friends, please consider using a designated driver.

Don’t risk getting behind the wheel if you have had too much to drink.

Better yet, don’t drink any alcohol if you will be driving.

Not only do you put yourself and everyone else in your vehicle at risk when you drink and drive, but you put every innocent driver on the road in danger.

If you are a host, keep an eye on your guests so no one leaves the party drunk with car keys in hand. Don’t push drinks on your guests. Let them make that decision.

Even better, consider hosting an alcohol-free party. Some guests may grumble, but they will soon forget and still have a good time.

Enjoy the holiday season.

Make it a safe one by not getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol.

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