Sheriff’s office reminds Queen Creek residents to celebrate safely

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The holiday season has arrived with cheerful music, colder weather and holiday festivities. Many holiday parties involve alcohol, and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Queen Creek District encourages residents to celebrate safely this holiday season.

To help raise awareness that driving with any alcohol in your system can be dangerous, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched the Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign.

The campaign aims to inform all Americans about the dangers of driving after drinking, even after drinking just a little.

Drunk driving is a terrible killer on the roads. In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. The holiday season is especially dangerous due to the celebrations and frequent parties.

In December 2013 alone, there were 733 people killed in crashes involving at least one drunk driver or motorcycle operator.

One-third — 31 percent — of all crash fatalities in America involved drunk driving in 2013.

“If you are going to be attending holiday parties, make sure to identify a designated driver or make other arrangements to get home,” MCSO Queen Creek District Capt. Randy Brice said. “Being the designated driver doesn’t mean just having a few; it means not consuming any alcohol or drugs for the safety of those depending on you and everyone else on the road.”

MCSO Queen Creek urges you to plan ahead this holiday season and remember the following tips to avoid a DUI and keep the roads safe:

•Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time. One drink can also increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk or having a crash.

•If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.

•When you know you’ll be drinking, leave your keys at home or give them to someone who is sober.

•If you have been drinking, do not drive, even a short distance. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member or find out if your insurance provides tow service.
Try NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, which allows users to call a taxi or a friend by identifying their location so they can be picked up.

•Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.

•If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local MCSO Queen Creek when it is safe to do so.

•If you see someone you think is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely. You are doing it for their safety and everyone else on the road.

•To report suspicious behavior, call MCSO’s non-emergency number at 602-876-1011. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

MCSO District 6 – Queen Creek is at 22308 S. Ellsworth Road, next to the Queen Creek Town Hall.

For more information about MCSO, visit its website.

For more information about the NHTSA, visit its website.

Editor’s note: Constance Halonen-Wilson is the public information officer for the town of Queen Creek.

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