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Drinking and driving just don’t mix

December 30, 2018

Let us begin by saying there is nothing wrong with New Year’s Eve revelry.

But there is something completely wrong with one of the byproducts of these end-of-the-year parties: They enhance the possibility drunk drivers will take to the road.

Drunk or drugged driving is not a victimless crime. In 2017, the last year figures were available, alcohol-related crashes killed 330 people in Illinois. While no breakdown is given, it’s obvious not all of these victims were drivers. Most were innocent victims.

What’s particularly frustrating is there is never any cause for a drunk driver to get behind the wheel. If you’re impaired, stay put or get a ride home from a sober motorist. There are plenty of options.

Locally, River Valley Metro once again will provide free rides on its local buses from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

You also can use a cab or an Uber driver to get home safely. Furthermore, you can select someone from among your group who will serve as the designated driver.

While we don’t discourage people from getting out, enjoying themselves and spending some money to help the local economy, another option is to simply stay home on New Year’s Eve. After all, it’s called amateur night for a reason.

We wish all of you a healthy and prosperous 2019, and urge you to enter the new year alive and well by not drinking and driving.