When out and about this holiday weekend be sure to be alert and safe when traveling.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Jan. 1 has the highest percentage of deaths related to alcohol in the year.
According to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, 781 people lost their lives in drunk-driving-related crashes in December of 2016. 28% of all people who died in traffic crashes from 2012-2016 died in crashes that involved a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher.
KOHS says that you should “celebrate with a plan” when ringing in the new year. Their tips include:
-- Remember that it is never okay to drive drunk. Even if you’ve had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.
-- Download NHTSA’s Safer Ride mobile app. Safer Ride allows users to call a taxi, a predetermined contact or just your location if you need to know where you are. It is available on the Google Play store for Android devices or Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices.
-- If you see a drunk driver on the road, immediately contact your local law enforcement agency.
-- If you see someone attempting to drink and drive, immediately take their keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely.
“Always have a designated driver,” Mason County Sheriff Patrick Boggs said. “We’re going to have extra people patrolling over the weekend.”
Boggs advised people in Mason County to prepare for high traffic in downtown Maysville and to drive cautiously as there will be a crowd gathered for the annual ball drop ceremony.