BLOG: Before You Go Out During the Holidays, Plan Your Ride Home

By: Colonel Tyree Blocker, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner

December 23, 2015

The holidays are a time for celebrating with family and friends, but unfortunately, the holiday season turns tragic for many families due to crash related deaths on our roadways.  Last year during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays, 1,039 crashes across the state – including 35 fatalities – involved a driver impaired by drugs or alcohol.

The public can help make the season a safer one by never driving impaired.

As you contemplate your activities this holiday season, check out the SaferRide app.  The app, developed last year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in an effort to curb drunk driving, is available for free download on Android and Apple devices and is a great option to facilitate a safe ride home after you’ve been drinking.  Once the app is downloaded, you can use it to call a taxi or a friend by identifying your location so you can be picked up.

Drinking and driving is not worth consequences that can last a lifetime, like being responsible for a crash that may hurt or kill others and yourself, putting your professional future at risk or paying higher insurance rates, just to name a few. Before you go out, plan your ride home.



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