Staying safe during the hustle and bustle of the holidays
'Tis the season of traveling to see family, finishing last-minute shopping and attending countless holiday parties. This time of the year can also bring increased motor vehicle accidents with injury or fatalities. "Drunken driving crashes claim a victim who was
not a drunk driver every two and a half hours" (
www.nhtsa.gov). Santa Rosa County Emergency Management and Lifeguard Ambulance Service would like to remind the community to use extra care and caution this holiday season, especially while driving.
Avoid distracted driving:
Do NOT drive and:
Text, post/check social media, check/respond to email, take pictures, read, etc.
Understand and decrease other potential distractions:
Adjusting electronic devices or navigation systems
Conversing with other passengers or talking on the phone with/without hands-free option
Being distracted by children in the back seat
Driving while fatigued
Prevent impaired driving:
Do NOT drive after drinking or under any type of influence.
Select a designated driver, who commits to remaining entirely sober.
Plan a safe ride with the use of taxi, Uber/Lyft or other means to prevent impaired driving.
Help loved ones be responsible - do NOT allow them to drink and drive.