Minister De Weever: “Don’t drink and drive”

POSTED: 12/21/12 2:15 PM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) and the Department of Communication (DCOMM) in a collective public service message urges motorists not to drink and drive during the up-coming holiday season. The emphasis is on keeping our roads safe.

Minister of Public Health Cornelius de Weever as part of his Get Checked-campaign calls on the community to check family and friends before they get behind the wheel of a car.

“Every driver has the opportunity to reduce tragedy on the country’s roads. The onus is on the one behind the wheel who has a responsibility when driving a vehicle,” DCOMM stated in a press release. “Pay attention while driving by being disciplined and not impatient. Also select a designated driver if you plan to have a couple of drinks with family or friends.”

There will be a lot of entertainment activities over the holiday season in homes, at bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

“In order for every Sint Maarten family and visitors alike to be able to enjoy themselves, those driving on our roads club hopping, need to be their brother’s keeper by paying attention to those who may have had a little too much to drink,” the press release stated.

“Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. Let us all have a safe holiday season starting with the days leading up Christmas/Boxing day, and then going into the New Year, without having any road tragedies due to driving under the influence.”

DCOMM adds that people also have the option of taking a cab home or to your hotel if you are not able to drive. “Don’t become a danger to yourself and other road users. The following appeal is part of CPS’s annual safe holidays-campaign in conjunction with DCOMM.”


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