Message Monday - Keep family memories alive, don't drink & drive

9-7 family memoriesIn the midst of all the turmoil 2020 has brought into our lives, we’re learning to appreciate the little things that make life worthwhile.

One of those small treasures might be a day off of work to celebrate Labor Day with friends and family (socially distanced, of course). Whether you’re having a backyard barbeque or one last spin around the lake, celebrating responsibly will help end this summer on a high note.

If you become impaired, the last thing you should do is get behind the wheel, especially when there are safe options available. If you’re at a family gathering, a night on the couch might save your life. If staying put isn’t an option, designating a sober driver is one way to make it home safely. If that plan doesn’t work out, public transit or ride share companies like Uber and Lyft are in every major Iowa town. Rideshares are even becoming more available in rural areas.

The choice to drive impaired is yours. But when you make that choice, you need to understand the impact could have a ripple effect through your family and beyond.

For 2020, there have been 213 fatalities reported. That is an increase of nine since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office  of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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