Overindulging on food is a no-brainer for some this holiday weekend, and there’s a large possibility alcohol will be in that category as well.
“We’re patrolling in the statewide DUI crackdown, so we’ll have extra officers on duty,” Corning Police Department Sergeant Carter Payne said.
Over 10,000 people were killed in the United States last year from drunk driving according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Pennsylvania and New York were two of the top 10 states in the country for lives lost.
The holiday season is no exception to these statistics, and the NHTSA has created an app to make getting home easy for those celebrating.
Even though Uber is not available in the area, you can download the SaferRide app which will tell you what local taxi services are available.
When you open the app on your phone, you have three options: call a taxi, call a friend, and find out where you are. If you click ‘Get a Taxi,’ it will display the names and numbers of local cabs. As for calling a friend, it has your contacts listed in the app. To find out where you are, it shows your location on a map.
“We encourage people to enjoy the holiday and have a good time,” Payne said. “We also want to give them the idea that it’s best to make a plan before you participate in consuming any alcohol beverages such as calling a cab, having money available to call the cab, and using a designated driver.”
The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office shares other tips to stay safe as well.
“There’s a lot of people out there looking for opportunities, so when operating your vehicles, it’s always good to remember when we get to our destination make sure we’re securing our vehicles,” Undersheriff Bill Schrom said. “Don’t leave packages in there. When people see presents, they’re going to be more apt to break a window and try to break into the car by some other means, so just use good judgment. Keep your doors locked, your home locked – those types of things.”
The NHTSA adds that men are four times more likely than women to be alcohol-impaired drivers in a deadly crash.