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With the holiday season approaching, Maine law enforcement agencies will be increasing their efforts to reduce impaired driving.

From the Department of Public Safety and Bureau of Highway Safety:

 The irresponsible decision to drive while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs puts you, your passengers and everyone on the road at risk. We remind all drivers, from the newest to the most experienced, when celebrating the holidays to make sure to survive your drive. It is wise to designate a sober driver or have a plan to stay with family or friends. Regardless of why you travel, Drive Sober, Maine! Safety must be everyone’s highest priority so that the holiday season is not ruined by losing a loved one in a crash or having someone you love seriously injured.

Safe driving begins with responsible choices:
• Remember that it is never okay to drive while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
• Designate a sober driver, plan to stay where you are, or plan to use public transportation/ ride service to get home safely.
• Do you have a friend or family member who is about to drive while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs? Please, take the keys away and help that person plan to get back home safely.
• Watch out for possible impaired drivers on Maine roadways. If you see an impaired driver on the road, call 9-1-1 or contact your local police department immediately.
• With less daylight hours, be more cautious of pedestrians, animals, and other motorists when you get behind the wheel.

For more information on the risks of impaired driving, go to https://www.maine.gov/dps/bhs/impaired-driving/

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