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Opinion: Easy advice — don’t drink and drive

With our unseasonably warm temperatures, it feels like it is time to light up the barbecue, invite some friends over and celebrate. If this is what you are planning to do, please remember not to drink and drive.

You would think that this message has been passed along for so long that people would take the time to designate a driver, call a cab, or just arrange to stay the night at a friend's home. Unfortunately, not everyone is getting the message, and we still have crashes where alcohol plays a factor.

Even a light "buzz" can interfere with your ability to drive, so why take the risk? Not only are you taking a chance on being involved in a car crash, you are also putting others at risk. People you may or may not know who have the misfortune of being victims of your careless decision.

Nothing will kill that buzz quicker than a ride to the hospital and the costs associated with the medical and legal fees that will follow when you are arrested for DUI. Let's not forget the human factor; did someone get hurt or killed? How will that affect your future?

Life is about decisions. Make the right one — don't drink and drive.

Sgt. Scott McDaniel

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