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We live in a fast paced world and are easily distracted. Cellphones are the biggest distractions. Look around when walking and driving. Where people gather, cellphones are present. We laugh at videos of people bumping into poles while texting. However, it isn’t funny when someone is hit by a car or truck.

We talk about drunk driving, but drunk walking also kills. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every three (34percent) fatal pedestrian crashes involved a pedestrian blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least .08. That is high enough to put a driver in jail. Call a cab or ride sharing service.

How many times did you hear someone tell you to look both ways before you cross the street? Probably more times than you can remember. It is true no matter how old you are.

Crosswalks are there for your safety. Please use them wherever you see them. By law, drivers must stop when you step down. However, if the crosswalk is at a traffic signal, walk when the light is green and do not walk when the light is red.

Jaywalking, to walk or cross the street without regard for approaching traffic, is against the law. More importantly, it is dangerous. It is even more dangerous to jaywalk at night. Seventy-five percent of pedestrian deaths happen at night. Seventy-two percent are not crossing at crosswalks or intersections.

Cars today are fast and people behind the wheel like to drive fast.

If a pedestrian is hit at 20 mph, they have a 10 percent chance of dying. However, if a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle at 40 mph, they have an 80 percent chance of dying. The numbers get worse as the speed increases.

Here’s how to stay safe and alive as a pedestrian: Pay attention to your surroundings, stay sober, use the crosswalks.

This Sunday is the biggest day of the year for many sports fans. Super Bowl Sunday is watched by millions of people around the world. Here at home we celebrate the day with big parties. Lots of food and drink, much of it alcohol, will be consumed.

Baltimore County Police warn everyone that drinking and driving is against the law. The legal limit for alcohol is .08 and anyone registering that or higher is legally drunk and breaking the law. The driver faces arrest, fines, court costs, lawyer fees and loss of driving privileges. Anyone registering .07 is driving buzzed. Buzzed driving is also breaking the law. The driver faces fines, legal fees and other penalties.

This Super Bowl Sunday have lots of food on hand. Provide alternatives to alcohol such as soda, ice tea, coffee or water. At the end of the first half, start closing up the bar and keep pushing food and alternative beverages.

If someone appears intoxicated, take their keys and call a cab or car service. If that doesn’t work, have the guest spend the night and serve a nice big breakfast in the morning.

When you drive sober, everyone wins!

Over the next few days, Baltimore County Police will be patrolling area roads to keep the roads safe for everyone who ventures out this Halloween.

Halloween isn’t just for kids. Many adults enjoy the holiday attending parties, cookouts and bonfires. These festivities usually have one thing in common – alcohol. While there is nothing wrong with having a few drinks, there is something wrong and dangerous about drinking and driving.

Today there are so many ways to celebrate and stay safe on the road. Revelers, arrange for a designated driver or call on ride sharing services. So easy.

Should you chose to drink then drive, there are penalties. Should you be stopped, you will be asked to participate in a series of sobriety tests. The tests will include not only alcohol, but drug tests. Those drugs include legal prescription and/or illegal street varieties.

If you are found to be driving impaired by alcohol, drugs or both, you will be arrested.

The penalties are not worth the risk. If you drive while under the influence, you could cause an accident,you could kill yourself or, worse yet, kill innocents who are on the road.

A first offense can put you back $ 500 and a possible revocation of driving privileges for one year and 12 points on your license. It only gets worse from there. There are legal fees, loss of insurance and so many other problems just because you got behind the wheel and drove impaired. Don't do it!

Happy Halloween! Drive Sober – Drive Safe.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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