Sheriff warns about drunken driving

MALONE – Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill is joining with highway safety partners and law-enforcement organizations across the country this December to remind everyone that “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving” and that drinking and driving don’t mix.

“Whether you’ve had one or one too many – drinking and driving is never worth the risk,” Mulverhill said. “If you are going to drink, designate a sober driver before the party starts, and encourage your friends and family to always do the same.”

Twenty-nine percent of fatalities during the December 2007 to 2011 occurred in crashes that involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 760 people died as a result of drunk-driving-related crashes in December 2011.

Mulverhill encourages people to take the following steps:

-Designate a sober driver before the celebrations begin; plan a way to get home safely at the end of the night.

-If you are impaired, call a taxi, or phone a sober friend or family member.

-If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

-If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement or make an anonymous report to the Franklin County hotline, 1-877-FR21TIP (1-877-372-1847).

“The holidays should be a time for celebration, not tragedy,” Mulverhill said.