Bringing in the New Year is always exciting. It’s a time to reflect on what we have accomplished this year and what we want to accomplish next year. Traditionally, it is also a time to celebrate with family and friends. While the nice weather that is forecasted for this New Year’s weekend will ensure optimum road conditions, your travels can be hindered by impaired drivers. Now is the time to plan for a safe journey this weekend. If you plan to consume alcohol remember to designate a driver or make other arrangements for a safe ride to and from your destination.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 431 traffic accident related fatalities in 2010 for the State of Kansas. Of those, 168 were alcohol impaired driver related fatalities.
The Overland Park Police Department will be conducting a DUI “saturation patrol” on Saturday, December 31st, 2011. This patrol will begin during the late evening hours and continue overnight. Our desire is to discourage drinking and driving, which can result in automobile accidents.
Don’t let the few dollars you spend on alcohol end up costing you thousands in court fines and/or a trip to jail, not to mention the immeasurable cost of an injury accident or fatality.
Enjoy the New Year and Happy Holidays.