As Delawareans observe the holidays and look ahead to a new year they have many reasons to celebrate, and zero reasons to drive distracted or to get behind the wheel after drinking. So far this year 116 people have lost their lives on our roadways, including 40 whose deaths involved impaired driving or an impaired pedestrian. Each one is a tragedy that leaves behind a family who is hurting this holiday season. And they’re stark reminders of how important it is to remain alert and sober when driving and walking along our roads.
With more Delawareans and visitors on the move this time of year, the Delaware Office of Highway Safety has launched a campaign to remind the public of the increased dangers of holiday driving through four simple messages: Don’t drive if you’ve had too much to drink. Put your cell phone down when you’re behind the wheel. Wear a seatbelt and obey the speed limit. And, be alert and visible to others when walking along our roadways.
Commit yourself to taking these steps over the holidays and beyond. Plan ahead. Have conversations about drinking and driving before you get on the road. If you and people in your group will be drinking, designate a sober driver or prepare to take a taxi. Pay attention to the road, not your phone. And if you’re walking, especially along a busy roadway, wear visible clothing and be aware of vehicles around you.
For many Delawareans, this is the most wonderful time of the year. So let’s keep it a safe time of the year by acting responsibly and taking simple precautions. Together, we can all act to ensure that our friends and neighbors enjoy a safe holiday season this year, and for many years to come. And that will keep Delaware moving forward.