Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319


For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Give Your Loved Ones the Gift of Safety

Des Moines, IOWA --- There are many reasons to be merry this season.  And making sure that your loved ones enjoy themselves responsibly is one of the most reliable ways to guarantee they have a safe and merry holiday too.  That is why the Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau would like everyone to embrace the goal of driving sober this season.

"The message is simple, drinking alcohol and driving does not mix.  If you plan to consume alcohol, you should plan not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle,” said Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Larry Noble.  Unfortunately, hundreds of drivers on Iowa’s roadways continue to make deadly decisions by driving a vehicle while intoxicated. This jeopardizes their safety and the safety of others.  “We know the holiday season can be one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on our roads due to drunk driving,” said Commissioner Noble. “Having your 2011 end in an arrest or death is just not worth it.”

During December 2010, there were 21 people killed in Iowa crashes and two of those involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.

Commissioner Noble recommends these simple tips for a safe holiday season:

    • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
    • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
    • If you’re impaired, call a sober friend, family member, taxi, or use public transportation;
    • Use your community’s Safe Ride program. 
    • If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;
    • And remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride with a driver who is impaired, take the driver’s keys and help them make other, more safe travel arrangements.

For more information, please contact the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, your local law enforcement agency or visit

Contact: Denny Becker
Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau
(515) 725-6128



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