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Designated Drivers Hold the Key to a Safe and Successful Holiday Season
Designated Drivers Hold the Key to a Safe and Successful Holiday Season


The holidays are upon us — a time to celebrate with family and friends and prepare to ring in the New Year. And during this hectic season, there’s one thing we simply cannot forget, and it’s far more important than any gift. 

“When we’re out celebrating the holidays, we cannot forget to designate a sober driver who will get us home safely at the end of the night,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst. “Nothing can kill the buzz of the holidays quicker than a buzzed or impaired driver out on the road.”

Farrar, who also teaches a drinking driver program in Amherst, said that when the holidays start, the number of impaired drivers on the road increases dramatically, as does the risk of a crash. "Plan a designated driver before you leave, because once you're out and you're drinking, your judgment immediately becomes impaired and you think you can drive, yet nothing could be further from the truth.”

If you do not have a guarantee of a safe ride home, Farrar suggests having the number of a reputable cab company in your phone before you head out. And, leave the car keys at home!

Every year, more than 10,322 people are killed by impaired drivers in America. It’s one of the primary missions of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to drastically reduce this toll on our nation. So as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign, police will be increasing their number of patrols, setting up roadblocks and using local media to reach out to drivers. If you’re drinking and driving, police will find and arrest you — no warnings, no excuses. 

“Impaired drivers can face jail time, fines, loss of their driver’s license, towing fees and other DWI-related expenses totaling $10,000 on average, not to mention the humiliation you’ll bring to your family, friends and employer,” added Farrar. “And remember, drugged driving is also impaired driving.”

Located in the Harlem Road Community Center at 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst, The Resource Training Center offers a wide variety of services, including the New York State Drinking Driver Program for individuals convicted of an alcohol- or drug-related driving violation, and Alive at 25, a unique program that teaches young drivers to change how they approach driving through role playing, workbook exercises, interactive media segments and more.

For more information, please call 983-2258, email info@wnyresourcetraining.org or visit www.wnyresourcetraining.org. You can also follow The Resource Training Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Resource-Training-Center/112019195650348 or Twitter (@monica_farrar).



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