Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving – Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Wants Queen Creek to Celebrate Safely
The holiday season has arrived with cheerful music, colder weather and holiday festivities. Many holiday parties involve alcohol, and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) District 6 - Queen Creek encourages residents to celebrate safely this holiday season.
Driving with any alcohol in your system can be dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds motorists Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. In 2017, 10,874 people were killed in alcohol related crashes across the nation. The holiday season is especially dangerous due to the celebrations and frequent parties.
MCSO Queen Creek urges residents to plan ahead and remember the following tips to avoid a DUI and keep the roads safe during the holidays:
- Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time. One drink can also increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk or having a crash.
- If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving.Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
- When you know you’ll be drinking, leave your keys at home or give them to someone who is sober.
- If you have been drinking, do not drive—even a short distance. Use a ride-sharing service, phone a sober friend or family member, or find out if your insurance provides tow service. Try NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, which allows users to call a taxi or a friend by identifying their location so they can be picked up.
- Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement when it is safe to do so.
- If you see someone you think is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely, you are doing it for their safety and everyone else on the road.
To report suspicious behavior, call MCSO's non-emergency number at 602-876-1011. In an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
MCSO District 6 – Queen Creek is located at 20727 E. Civic Parkway. For additional information about MCSO, visit QueenCreek.org/MCSO. For more information about the NHTSA, visit NHTSA.gov. To stay updated on news and events, visit QueenCreek.org, follow the Town on Facebook.com/QueenCreek and Twitter.com/TOQC_official.
Marnie Schubert, Director of Communications, Marketing & Recreation