Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Make A Red Ribbon Promise To Drive Responsibly

You can let everyone know that you’re driving responsibly this holiday season.

Avow Hospice and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office are offering free red ribbons that you can tie to your car’s rear-view mirror. The ribbons carry the words “Red Ribbon Promise” and represent your pledge not to drive impaired.

The holidays are traditionally a time for fun and celebration, but it’s important to remember that driving impaired can have devastating consequences. If you’re attending a party or event, use a designated driver or call a cab if you plan to consume alcohol. If you are hosting a party this holiday season, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate a sober driver, always offer alcohol-free beverages and plenty to eat during the event, and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver.

“By displaying one of these ribbons you are not only making a pledge, you are reminding other motorists on the road that driving impaired is dangerous,” said Sheriff Kevin Rambosk.

Lavigne Ann Kirkpatrick of Avow Hospice said she hopes the ribbons help keep Collier County roads safe over the holiday season.

“The holiday season is the time we are reminded of how precious our family, friends and life are,” Kirkpatrick said. “Keeping what is precious to us safe is always important, but especially during the holidays. Let's keep Collier safe for all.”

Red ribbons are available through Jan. 2 at CCSO headquarters, 3319 U.S. 41 E., Building J., all six CCSO substations, and at Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, North Naples.

For more information contact Kirkpatrick at 239.261.4404.