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Published: Monday, 12/30/2013

Police issue New Year's warning: don't drink and drive

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Perrysburg Police Deputy Chief Jim Rose said that 20 years ago, every other car pulled over on New Year's Eve was a drunk driver. But, now, society has changed.

"Honestly, the public does a much better job of policing themselves," he said. "There are more designated drivers out there and we appreciate that."

He said there won't be additional patrol units out in the city on the last night of the year, but officers will "certainly be looking for" drunk drivers.

Perrysburg Township Deputy Chief Michael Gilmore said there is a major drunk driving problem on New Year's Eve.

"People who don't normally drink and drive do it on this night. I don't know why but it is a really bad night," he said. "Don't drink and drive, it is a simple rule. If you have a few drinks, do not drive."

In the township's winter newsletter is an item which encourages people have a designated driver, monitor alcohol intake, and stay hydrated with water as well as have plenty to eat. Another tip for those with a designated driver is never leave a drink unattended. 

For those hosting parties, the township encouraged guests to turn in their car keys when they arrive.

For designated drivers or anyone else on the road, Deputy Chief Gilmore advises paying special attention to other motorists, and to be careful.

"Don't do guesswork of a drink a hour or any of that -- just don't drive," he said. "Call a cab, call a friend if you are stuck somewhere."

The township will have its regular patrol out Tuesday, but they will be on the lookout for drunk drivers. Deputy Chief Gilmore said his department will get plenty of calls responding to drunken driving incidents.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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