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December 26, 2013

State safety officials offer holiday warning

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If someone you know is about to drive while impaired, take his or her keys and help him or her make arrangements to get home safely.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, but it is important for people to be responsible and to remember that consuming alcohol and driving a vehicle do not mix. It is also important to consider the effects of over-the-counter and prescription drugs, and how these substances can also cause impairment, especially when combined with alcoholic beverages.

The New Hampshire State Police and all NH Driving Toward Zero Coalition members ask everyone to be responsible and safe this holiday season, because one death is too many.

New Hampshire Driving Toward Zero is a comprehensive program aimed at reducing the number of serious injuries and fatalities resulting from crashes on New Hampshire roadways to zero.

The program is an outgrowth of the state’s 2012 to 2016 Strategic Highway Safety Plan, which outlines strategies for improvement in critical emphasis areas that include impaired and distracted driving, speeding, and vehicle occupant protection. The NH Driving Toward Zero Deaths Coalition comprises members from various public and private agencies and organizations. To learn more, visit nhdrivingtowardzero.com (Facebook: www.facebook.com/nhdtz) (Twitter: @NHDTZ).

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