Statewide— While Christmas and New Year’s Eve are fun times to celebrate with family and friends, it’s also one of the deadliest times of the year for alcohol- and drug-impaired driving fatalities.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, last December, 839 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver in the U.S. In fact, out of all of the holiday seasons, Christmas and New Year’s experienced the highest number of drunk-driving-related fatalities (285) in 2018.To keep people safe on the road and put an end to drunk driving, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute wants to encourage every Hoosier motorist to drive safe and sober this holiday season.Last year in the U.S., one person died every 50 minutes in a drunk-driving crash, according to NHTSA. These deaths account for approximately one-third of all traffic deaths each year, with 10,511 occurring in 2018 alone.In Indiana, of the 873 fatal crashes in 2018, 83 people were killed in alcohol-related collisions.In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year.Drug-impaired driving is also illegal. Whether the drug is illicit or legally prescribed, driving while drug-impaired poses a threat to the driver, vehicle passengers, and other road users. Even over-the-counter medications can cause impairment, especially when combined with alcohol or another drug.Law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for these, and other traffic offenses, during the holiday season.Remember these tips for a safe night on the road.Designate or be a sober driver.Call a cab, ride-sharing service or use public transportation.Celebrate at home or a place where you can stay until sober.Never provide alcohol to minors.If you’re hosting a party, offer non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of food.If you know someone who is impaired and about to drive, take the keys and make alternate arrangements.If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.For more information about drunk driving, visit http://on.IN.gov/drivesober, and to learn about drug-impaired driving, visit http://on.in.gov/drivehighDUI.
Share Submit Share IMG Arena nets major media extension with Brazil’s Liga Nacional de Basquete August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020 Related Articles Following seven failed attempts to sanction an effective tender process, BNDES – Brazil’s national development bank – has confirmed the sale of state-owned instant win games (scratchcard) operator LOTEX to ‘Consórcio Estrela Instantânea’ – a 50/50 joint venture consortium formed by IGT and Scientific Games Corporation (SGC).The IGT-SGC vehicle secures a 15-year concession, having been the only entity to bid on BNDES reformed LOTEX auction which took place at the Sao Paulo Exchange on 22 October.Paying an initial R$97 million (€21m), Estrela Instantânea will replace CAIXA, Brazil’s federal bank, as the operator of LOTEX which has serviced all of Brazil’s lottery contracts since the 1960s.Agreeing to BNDES’ reformed terms, IGT-SGC are set to pay a further seven instalments of R$103 million (€22m), valuing the LOTEX contract at R$ 820 million (€180m) for Brazil’s ‘PPI Partnerships & Investment Program’.Operational terms will see the IGT-SGC consortium pay 17% of revenues to the Brazilian government, which targets generating R$19 billion (€4bn) in funds during the 15-year concession.The IGT-SGC concession is expected to begin by mid-2020, with both technology groups issuing a joint statement: “The award of the Brazilian Lotex concession represents an important step towards the privatisation of lottery instant games in Brazil, the world’s eighth-largest economy.“This business partnership will benefit the people and government of Brazil and brings together the vast experience and market leadership of global leaders in the instant game market to help position Lotex for success.”