Designated drivers key to Labor Day weekend safety

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The John R. Elliott Hero Campaign for Designated Drivers is promoting designated driving this Labor Day weekend, one of the deadliest times for traffic fatalities. The National Safety Council estimates 405 fatalities this Labor Day weekend.

“The cure for drunken driving is a designated driver,” said Hero Campaign founder and chairman Bill Elliott. “The cure for drunken driving is a designated driver. The designated drivers are the real heroes, making sure everyone gets home safely.

“Having a safe ride home is the best way to have fun and prevent a possible drunk driving tragedy.”

There are many things you can do to prevent drunk driving on Labor Day including:

1. Be a hero – Be a designated driver for your friends and family whether you enjoy the festivities at a parade, at home, or at a local bar or tavern.

2. Plan ahead – Select your designated driver before the day’s events begin. Buy your driver soft drinks. Many bars and taverns offer them for free.

3. Be resourceful – If you’re in a city celebrating in a parade or, bar or tavern; utilize mass transit or call a cab.

4. Stay over – If you’re at a friend’s home, just spend the night rather than driving home.

5.   Spread the message – Designated drivers are invited to take selfies with their Hero Campaign stickers and post with the hashtag #designatedHero. Post photos to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to support the campaign.

The Hero Campaign promotes the use of safe and sober designated drivers nationwide. It was established by the family of Navy Ensign John Elliott of Egg Harbor Township, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy who was killed in a collision with a drunken driver in July 2000.

The campaign partners with law enforcement, schools and colleges, bar and tavern owners, and professional sports teams to promote designated driving and register designated drivers.

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