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Officers tie on a ribbon against drunken driving

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 27, 2008 at 5:00 am with No Comments »
November 27, 2008 5:00 am

Law enforcement officers throughout the state will be tying red ribbons to their car antennas this holiday season to remind others not to drink and driver.

Officials from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission, the Washington State Patrol and other law enforcement offices will be participating i n the “Tie One On For Safety” campaign this holiday season.

Last year, there were 31 alcohol-related traffic deaths in the state.

“For those 31 families this holiday season will be a sad anniversary instead of a celebration,” a Washington State Patrol press release states. “The goal of Tie One On For Safety is to remind people that drinking and driving deaths can be prevented.”

Troopers will be using their fixed-wing aircraft to help search for suspected drunken drivers in the upcoming weeks. The aircraft using Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) cameras to help find the drivers.

The aircraft crew notifies ground troopers about impaired drivers.

Here’s a little more from the press release:

Alcohol related deaths can be prevented by making a simple choice. If you are going to drink alcohol, choose not to drive. If you are the designated driver, that means you choose not to drink any alcohol at all. If you can’t find a designated driver, choose to call a taxi.

MADD, Washington State Traffic Safety Commission, and the WSP want you to make this season a time of joy and gladness not mourning. The choice is yours.

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