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Safety Matters: Have a safe, sober holiday season

BUFFALO — December is national drunk and drugged driving prevention month, or 3-D month. The importance of this month and our message about not drinking and driving cannot be overstated.

Our office is partnering with Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse; several prevention and law enforcement agencies, such as the New York state police and Hamburg Police Department, to help shed more light on this very important topic.

Our collaborative efforts are meant to target impaired driving and underage drinking, in order to keep our kids and our families safer, particularly during the holiday season.

Throughout the month of December and into January, you will see our holiday-themed billboards dot the county landscape, reminding drivers not to drink and drive. Please look for them!

Also expect to see increased patrols out on the highways, to help deter this violent act. Remember, cheer does not come in a bottle. We need your help and commitment, in keeping our communities safe and drug- and alcohol-free, by not driving under the influence or providing to minors – remember, it’s against the law to serve alcohol to those under 21. We can all make the right choices, together.

However, drinking and driving awareness doesn’t begin and end with adults. It must start early. We need to engage our youth, to help them avoid making terrible choices that could have life-long or even life-ending consequences.

That is why part of this holiday anti-drinking and driving campaign engages our youth, as well. Several students from school districts, throughout the county, entered the WNY United’s Annual Drug Free Art and Poetry contest; through prose and portraits, the children promised to stay drug and alcohol free and they encouraged their parents to make the same choices, as well.

Please have a safe holiday season. It really is a wonderful time of the year and should be remembered, for all of the right reasons.


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