CHASKA, Minn. (KMSP) - Some Minnesota students have a simple message for parents everywhere: Don’t drink and drive. The Department of Public Safety produced the video, called Only One Choice, that carries extra weight around Christmas and New Year’s.
“I know you always count on me to make the right choices, and I know when it comes to drinking and driving, there’s only one choice for you. Mom and dad, if you decide to drink, please don’t drive. Please, make driving sober a priority, just as you have made me a priority throughout your life.”
DPS's extra DWI enforcement campaign started Nov. 25 and runs through Jan. 2. The percentage of drunk-driving related deaths compared with total traffic deaths is significantly higher for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods than other major holidays. During the first two weekends of the 2015 enforcement campaign, Minnesota law enforcement took 732 drunk drivers off the roads.
How you can help prevent drunk driving deaths
Designate a sober driver, use a taxi, car service or public transportation, or stay at the location of the celebration.
Offer to be a designated driver, or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.
Call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.