My Turn: Enjoy the holiday without drinking and driving

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - My message is very simple this week…don't drink and drive and don't drive buzzed.

The holiday season lends itself to being a time of celebration and alcohol is prevalent. That's why once again this year, TV stations around the country, including WECT, have joined together to support Project Roadblock in an effort to remind our viewers on-air and on-line to not drink and drive.

Since the inception of the project, we believe we have played a role in seeing a decline in drunk driving deaths over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. But even with that decline, North Carolina recorded 1,450 highway fatalities last year. A fourth of those were alcohol related. That's a sad statistic.

Your decision and plans related to drinking and driving begin when you leave your home or place of business. That is the time when you need to think of a designated driver and make a decision about not drinking and driving.

But if you do find that you have had too much to drink, call a cab, a friend or relative and let them take you home. Don't endanger your life, someone else's life or your livelihood, because you did not take the risks associated with drinking and driving seriously.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. If you do drink, do it responsibly. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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