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2009-11-26 / General Stories

Dear Editor

Dear Editor:

“Tis the season for planning holiday celebrations – a time to get together with loved ones, host parties and go out on the town. No matter what kind of gathering you have in store for family and friends, make sure your holiday list includes planning for a designated driver.

More than 148 million American adults have been a designated driver or been driven home by one, according to a projection based upon a 2009 survey conducted by Opinion Research Corporation CARAVANĀ®. That’s a reason to celebrate!

For adults hosting parties, remember these tips to help have a safe celebration:

When serving alcohol beverages, offer a variety of good food; * Offer non-alcohol beverages for the designated drivers: * Serve guests one drink at a time; and

* Stop serving alcohol one hour before the party ends.

Mike Hopkins Distributing and Anheuser-Busch encourage adults who choose to drink to do so responsibly and to use designated drivers or alternate transportation if they may have too much to drink.

Thanks to efforts like these and increased law enforcement, our nation is making progress in the fight against drunk driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk-driving fatalities have declined 44% since 1982.

For more information, visit www.designateddriver.com. Remember, Responsibility Matters.

Sincerely, Mike Hopkins, President, Mike Hopkins Distributing, Co., Inc.

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