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Originally published: 2012-11-09 11:22:37
Last modified: 2012-11-09 11:24:55

Our view: Holiday spirits

With the holiday season coming on in full force — Wasn’t that Jingle Bells we heard in one Boone merchant’s shop? — it’s not too early to consider your plans for holiday parties and specifically who will be driving whom when the spirits of the season becomes part of your social calendar.

That consideration is important. During even a relatively minor  holiday, Halloween — and one, this year, slowed by snow and other inclement weather — a campaign to thwart drinking and driving netted a total 24,363 traffic and criminal citations statewide.

In Watauga County numbers, that amounted to 114 total violations during the six days of the “Booze It & Lose It” Halloween Campaign, including two for reckless driving, 11 drug violations and six total DWIs.

Those numbers are scary enough, but consider that they arose from just three county checkpoints, and more frightening are the odds that many violators slipped past the local stationary and mobile patrols.

There is no excuse for drinking and driving. It may be a decision made under impaired judgment, but it’s a conscious choice. This year, let your choice be to ensure a happy holiday for yourself and others by staying off the road when you’ve been drinking.

Make plans today for those after-party sleigh rides around the mountain.