The trees are trimmed, the stockings are hung, and the holiday parties have just begun. ‘Tis the time of year when designated drivers are the most popular guests, and local Rotary clubs want to celebrate those who help fellow partygoers get home safely. On Tuesday, December 12th, the 17th annual “Designated Driver” button campaign kicks off for Miami County to promote safe, sober driving during the final weeks of the year.
Led by Troy Rotarian, Dr. Michael Pope, the kickoff will take place at the Troy Country Club, 1830 Peters Road, at 10 AM. Representatives from the Troy and West Milton Rotary clubs, the Miami County Sherriff’s Office, and the Ohio Highway Patrol will be there to help support the launch. The gold and blue “Designated Driver” buttons will be distributed to area bars, restaurants, banks, and drive-thru businesses during the holiday season. The State Liquor store will have 1,000 buttons to hand out to customers while thousands more will be available in Troy, Tipp City, and West Milton establishments.
According to area law enforcement, there have not been any alcohol-related fatal accidents during the holiday season in Miami County in the past 16 years. It’s due, in part, to programs such as this Rotary campaign where the buttons serve as a visual reminder to have a sober, designated driver if you plan to consume alcohol at parties. The button program is Pope’s brainchild. “This campaign has continued to grow and is now an important part of the holidays here in Miami County. It has been a privilege for Rotary clubs to help our friends, neighbors, and colleagues have a safe holiday season,” he noted.
The Troy and West Milton Rotary clubs are part of Rotary International. Each club offers members an opportunity to support socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. You can follow the Troy Rotary activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership, please visit www.troyohiorotary.org.
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