Holiday parties are a way for revelers to enjoy good company, good food and good drinks. All of this is fine, as long as partygoers make a plan and choose a sober driver. To help discourage drunk driving in Connecticut and catch those that drink and drive the state police have started Operation S.A.N.T.A. (Stop Another Needless Tragic Accident). This effort, known year round as the combined accident reduction effort, or C.A.R.E., involves state police from across the nation.
In Connecticut, police are stepping up DUI, distracted driving and seatbelt enforcement. To do so officers will be performing DUI spot checks and will increase patrols across the state. Drunk driving is not the only focus of this safety campaign. Police will be keeping a sharp eye out for anyone not wearing a seatbelt or talking on their cell phone while driving.
Doctors in Emergency Departments at St. Mary’s in Waterbury and Yale New Haven Hospital are joining the police in stressing the dangers of drinking and driving and not wearing a seatbelt.
“We see too many vehicle accident victims in the ED. Many are seriously injured. Trauma/ED physicians do their best to heal these injuries. Many injuries can be prevented with the simple use of seatbelts and the elimination of alcohol by drivers.”
The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that you take this message to heart and spread the word that choosing a sober ride home is best gift you can give others this holiday season. Choose a designated driver. Arrive alive.