As we finish up with the rush of Christmas ventures, even more people will be traveling this week either to return from those visits or to finish up plans of making it to Grandma’s house. As the new year approaches this weekend, make sure you’re safe with your holiday excursions.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds us if your plans to welcome the new year include alcohol, remember that 2021 will be more difficult if you are arrested for driving while intoxicated or involved in a drinking-related traffic crash. If you’re driving, don’t include alcohol or illegal substances in your plan. Be the designated driver or make sure you have one. The roadway is no place for a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you cause a traffic crash, your New Year might begin with being arrested, facing legal fees and medical bills, and perhaps jail time! You could lose your license and will have to face your family and friends. If you kill or injure someone, you’ll pay the price for the rest of your life. Be smart! Designate a sober driver, utilize a ride share service or taxi.

If you plan to drive this New Year’s, remember to buckle up and make sure all your passengers do the same. Pay attention, obey all traffic laws, and when in doubt, yield the right-of-way. Be sure to use your turn signal to communicate your intentions.

You may see many drivers driving above the posted speed limit but these limits are there for a reason. It’s not just a suggestion of how fast you should be going…it’s the law.

Be smart…be safe…arrive alive!

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