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No excuse this Fourth: Drive sober or get pulled over

This Fourth of July, as friends and family travel to picnics and barbecues across the country, Goodhue County law enforcement will be out in full force, stopping drunk drivers by aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger. As you prepare to drive home from the festivities, keep in mind that even one drink can be one too many.

For as many good memories as the Fourth of July holiday can provide, it can also create devastating nightmares for families who lose a loved one due to drunk driving. During the 2015 Fourth of July holiday period (6 p.m. July 2 to 5:59 a.m. July 6), 92 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher, and 146 people died in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .08. In fact, from 2011-2015, 39 percent of all traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol- impaired-driving crashes.

The consequences of drunk driving are serious. Not only could you put your life and the lives of others at risk, but a DWI arrest means a loss of freedom and money, including going to jail, losing your license, and paying steep financial expenses. The average DWI cost? About $10,000.

This Fourth of July, don’t risk losing your life or your independence by drinking and driving. Help make everyone’s holiday safer by driving sober. Remember, there’s no excuse—Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

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About Goodhue County Health and Human Services: The mission of Goodhue County Health and Human Services is to “Promote, Protect and Strengthen the Health of Individuals, Families, and  Communities.” The department has three service divisions: Economic Assistance, Public Health and Social Services.

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