Wednesday, December 25, 2019

By now almost everyone is familiar with the 1983 American Christmas comedy film A Christmas Story. In the movie, Mr. Parker brings home the infamous leg lamp, and notes that the box says, “Fragile,” which he takes to mean, “Fra-gee-lay,” which, “Must be Italian!” Mrs. Parker quickly corrects him, noting, “I think that says FRAGILE, dear.” It is not only a funny quote; it is also a great reminder that it is important to not drive impaired.

Driving impaired is a problem on our nation’s roads every day, but it’s more prevalent during the holidays. According to the NHTSA, there were 285 DUI related fatalities during the New Year’s and Christmas periods in 2018. NHTSA also reported that, during the 2017 holiday period, 45% of the drivers killed in fatal crashes tested positive for drugs. The tragedy of these deaths is felt year-round, but for many, most strongly during the holidays.
“This holiday season, give the gift of sober driving, and help us spread the word that impaired driving is more than just a bad choice – it is illegal, deadly, and selfish behavior” stated Lt. Thea Andras, Patrol Supervisor for the Causeway Police Department.

To report impaired drivers, commuters are encouraged to dial *27 (*CP) from their cellular phone or 504-835-3116 to contact the Causeway and Huey P. Long Police dispatch. Merry Christmas from the GNOEC Commission and Staff.