The Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) is urging residents not to drink and drive this holiday season. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, two to three times more people die in alcohol-related crashes during Christmas and New Year’s than any other time of the year.
Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health, pointed out that the holidays can turn tragic if someone has too many drinks and then gets behind the wheel of a car. He said, “The statistics really are sobering. Almost 30 people in the United States die every day in motor vehicle accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver.”
Daniel E. Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator, said anyone going to a holiday get-together or is hosting a party, should make plans ahead of time to ensure everyone gets home safely.
Regenye offers these tips that can help save lives:
Although drunk driving deaths have decreased over the last decade, the latest concern is texting while driving. Regenye added, “Studies show that texting and driving can be as much as 6 times as dangerous as drunk driving. Put the phone away before you get behind the wheel and stay safe and sound while driving this holiday season.”
By Brian Lippai