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State police supporting designated driver gift cards

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Kendall Wingrove is with State Office of Highway Planning. He's talking about a new campaign designed to keep everyone alive for the New Year. It's the designated driver gift card. You fill it out and pledge to stay dry and get fellow party goers back home safely. Wingrove believes many people will accept the gift of a safe lift.

"We think the designated driver gift card idea is a very good one. Seventy percent of people who plan to drink at holiday parties would be very open to having a designated driver help them if the offer is made ahead of time," Wingrove said.

Of course there's another reason why you should get a designated driver if you are going to party this holiday. State police will be out in full force in an effort to keep us all safe on the road. Lieutenant Dave Kaiser tells us the extra patrols are all part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. He wants our viewers to know there are other ways to ring in the new year even if you can't find a designated driver.

"That's bring your own pillow. Stay on the couch. Crash in the chair at a friends house. At least then you are going to live to see the new year. Getting arrested for drinking and driving is one of those gifts you just can't give back. It's going to be with you. It's not going to get any better. And if you've got an opportunity to get a ride home where you are going to get home safe, you're not going to hurt yourself or hurt somebody else, that's what we're asking," Kaiser said.

Statewide, 5 people died in alcohol related crashes during the Christmas and New Year's holidays last year. Wingrove is hoping that number will be zero this time around.

 "If one life is saved because of this designated driver gift card it will have been a worthwhile experience," Wingrove said.

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