� "Driving during Christmas and New Years can be especially dangerous for motorists because of the risk of drunk drivers and winter weather conditions," said Public Safety Secretary Tom Dravland. "Public safety officials will be working overtime to educate South Dakotans about safe driving behavior. We will also increase sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols to catch and arrest anyone who is driving drunk."
� "Our message is simple: You Drink and Drive. You Lose," said Col. Dan Mosteller, Highway Patrol superintendent. "We know there are going to be holiday celebrations and office parties this time of year where alcohol is consumed. Anyone drinking alcohol should always designate a sober driver before the parties begin."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2004, 1,210 people across America were killed during the month of December in alcohol related crashes.
According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, in 2004, 197 people died on South Dakota's roads; 78 people (40 percent) died in alcohol-related crashes. During December 2004, 17 people�died in crashes; 6 people (35 percent) died in alcohol-related crashes.
"We believe personal responsibility along with increased law enforcement during the holiday season helps reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes," said Roy Meyer, South Dakota highway safety director. "Our goal is to eliminate alcohol-related fatalities on our roadways during the 2005 holiday season."
"Driving drunk is serious and against the law," said Mosteller. "In South Dakota, we have zero tolerance. Designate a sober driver before you drink alcohol or You Drink and Drive. You Lose." Mosteller said.
For more information about the importance of stopping drunk driving, please visit www.stopimpaireddriving.org. South Dakota Department of Public Safety's mission is to keep South Dakota safe.
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