Have a safe and happy holiday season: Travel safely

FREEHOLD, NJ – Whether you’re traveling across town, across the country or around the world, make sure that you make your trip a safe one.

“Many people have time off of work this time of year and will take the opportunity to take a trip or visit friends and family,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso. “With the increase of people traveling, it is important to remember to travel safely—and never drink and drive!”

According to the CDC, every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 51 minutes.

The CDC offers the following safety measures if your plans involve alcohol:

  • Prior to any drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group.
  • Don’t let your friends drive impaired. Take their keys away.
  • If you have been drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.
  • If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver; offer alcohol-free beverages; and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver. 

“If you are behind the steering wheel of a car, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of those riding in the car with you, especially children.” said DiMaso. “Make sure children are properly buckled up in a car seat, booster seat or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their age, height, and weight.”

For rules and regulations regarding child car safety, go to www.cdc.gov/features/passengersafety.