Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hopes that a weekend free of any impaired driving charges sets the tone for a safe new year.

Connie Hagel is a board member of the national organization which works to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking.

"I'm hoping maybe people are starting to get it, you know, planning a safe ride home," she said. "That may be the case for one weekend, but if we can keep the momentum going that would be great."

Hagel said there is no excuse to get behind the wheel while impaired, as there are many alternatives to finding your way home.

She mentioned walking, especially with temperatures staying pretty mild for the end of the year; the many cabs in town; and leaning on young sober drivers looking for some spending money over the holidays.

"There's a lot of teenagers around that need sort of a little extra money for Christmas. Rely on those teenagers to get you home if you have a teenager in your life or if you know of a teenager that's willing for a couple of bucks to drive you home, take advantage of that. Just plan ahead, there's no excuse."


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