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13 Fatal Accidents in Wood County in 2018

Safe Communities of Wood County announced today that there have been 13 fatal crashes in Wood County, compared to the 13 last year at this time. This is a number that is completely preventable.

This holiday season, Safe Communities is teaming up with U.S Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remind all drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving.

With the holiday festivities and extra office parties taking place, it’s essential to plan a sober ride home before ever leaving for the event. This holiday, as you head out for a night of merrymaking, remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. The holidays should be a time for celebrations and make memories, not a time of nightmares for families. Unfortunately, alcohol at many holiday events contributes to the number of impaired drivers on our roadways. Spread the message: Even one drink is one drink too many.

If you feel buzzed, you are already drunk. Remember these tips to avoid an OVI and keep our roads safe: · Remember it is never okay to drive drunk. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage.

· Plan Ahead! You know whether you’ll attend a party. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver?

Take your role seriously – Your friends are relying on you!

· Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en), and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8).

SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up. · Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

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