Several organizations are working to make sure your holiday season is not only merry, but also safe.
Drunk drivers injured 345,000 people last year. Now Mothers Against Drunk Driving, along with other groups, is coming together to make sure this season is safer for everyone.
"It never gets easier. Actually it probably gets harder," says Carter Hill, who knows firsthand what can happen when you drink and drive. "My son was riding with a young man, they had been at a party and the young man lost control of the car and wrecked it. My son was killed on the scene."
Hill's son was just 20 years old. MADD joined several area law enforcement agencies Thursday, all speaking in hopes of preventing a similar tragedy.
"We're going to be on the streets. We work every holiday. We're going to be working special operations and special patrols to keep the streets safe," said Henrico County Police Chief Col. D.A. Middleton.
MADD says in 2011 more than 9,900 died nationwide as a result of someone driving under the influence. 245 of those deaths happened in Virginia.
Seibert's Towing in Richmond is playing a part to help. For $50, you can call the company and a driver will tow you and your car home if you've had too much to drink. Or you can always take another route, designate a sober driver when you go out for drinks.
"There are a vastly larger number of people that obey the law than who don't and we're focusing on trying to apprehend those that do so that the ones that don't can have an enjoyable and pleasant holiday," Chief Middleton said.
"It's nothing worse to wake up the next day and find out one of your friends have been killed in a drunk driving crash," Hill said.
To make it even easier to avoid, the Allen and Allen law firm in Richmond will pay for your cab ride at no cost to you on New Year's Eve. All you have to do is call 354-TAXI and mention the Sober Ride Home program.
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