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AFTER THE PARTY'S OVER, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE

 AFTER THE PARTY'S OVER, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Don't mix drinking and


driving this New Year's Eve, the Ohio Department of Highway Safety reminds all motorists for the last holiday of the year.
 Said Highway Safety Director Charles D. Shipley, "It's probably the biggest party night of the year. If you plan to attend a party, please plan to have a designated driver or plan to stay all night."
 The department urges motorists to choose alternatives to drinking and driving. These include attending a party at a local hotel that offers a package deal to stay all night, going to a movie and munching on popcorn and pop or renting tapes for the VCR for an evening at home.
 Also party hosts are encouraged to serve non-alcoholic drinks and not make drinking the focus of the party. If you do find friends becoming tipsy, don't let them get behing the wheel. Instead, take their car keys away and have them stay over, call a cab, or drive them home yourself. Many cab companies provide free rides home for those that indulge too much.
 "Most of all, after the party is over, we want everyone to arrive home safely so that they can make it to see 1992 and beyond. Remember, the best defense against a drunk driver is a fastened safety belt," Shipley said.
 The New Year's holiday begins at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31, 1991, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 1, 1992 (1-1/4 days). The last time the holiday was 1-1/4 days in 1985-86, there were nine deaths, seven of which were alcohol-related or 78 percent.
 NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY CRASHES AND DEATHS:
 YEAR DAYS CRASHES DEATHS ALCOHOL-RELATED PCT. ALCOHOL
 DEATHS
 1990-91 4-1/4 3,457 15 9 60 pct.
 1989-90 3-1/4 2,906 17 8 47 pct.
 1988-89 3-1/4 2,582 12 5 42 pct.
 1987-88 3-1/4 2,358 16 9 56 pct.
 1986-87 4-1/4 4,411 15 5 33 pct.
 1985-86 1-1/4 727 9 7 78 pct.
 -0- 12/30/91
 /CONTACT: Leo Skinner of the Ohio Department of Highway Safety, 614-466-4344/ CO: Ohio Department of Highway Safety ST: Ohio IN: TRN SU:


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