Have you taken a look at the calendar lately? It’s nearly the end of the year and the holiday season has begun. That means there will be more parties and celebrations for you to enjoy. What it should not mean is driving while impaired and risking your life, the lives of loved ones or other drivers on Miami County roads.
Starting the week of December 9, 2014, area Rotary clubs kicked off the annual “Designated Driver” button campaign. Now in its 14th year, this effort has helped the both Miami County Sheriff department and Ohio Highway Patrol keep everyone safer and alive during the last few, but very busy, weeks each year.
The button program is the brainchild of Troy Rotarian, Dr. Michael Pope. Thousands of the gold “Designated Driver” buttons will be distributed to area bars, restaurants, banks and drive-thru businesses this holiday season. The State Liquor store will hand out 1,000 to customers who pass through their door, and 5,000 buttons will be available in Troy alone. The Tipp City and West Milton Rotary Clubs support the worthwhile program by distributing the buttons to their local establishments, too.
According to area law enforcement, there have not been any alcohol-related fatal accidents during the holiday season in Miami County in the past 13 years. It’s thanks, in part, to programs such as the Rotary “Designated Driver” button campaign. This outreach helps raise awareness of the need to plan to have a sober, designated driver before you get behind the wheel of a car after being at parties or celebrations where alcohol is consumed. “We want everyone to have a safe, safe holiday season,” said Pope.
Learn more about this important program at 8 AM on Thursday, December 18, 2014, as Pope and Lt. Joseph Gebhart, Piqua Post Commander of the Ohio Highway Patrol, talk about safety during the holidays on Troy Community Radio WTJN 107.1 FM. You can tune in on your radio or stream the discussion live from www.tcrtroycommunityradio.com. To learn more about Troy Rotary Club, to apply for membership or to present your organization or business at a weekly meeting, please visit their Web site at www.troyohiorotary.org and click the “Contact us” button. You can also follow their activities on their Troy Rotary Club Facebook page.
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