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Russell Police Stepping Up Enforcement to Stop Drunk Driving

Russell Police DepartmentLots of folks will be out during this busy holiday season, enjoying themselves and the holiday festivities, and the City of Russell and the Russell Police Department want everyone to be safe on local roadways.

That's why the police department will be stepping up enforcement to catch and arrest impaired drivers. They say if you are caught drinking and driving impaired, you will be arrested - no warnings or excuses.

For several years, and again this year, the Russell PD will be offering rides on New Year's Eve. If you have been drinking and need a ride home on New Year's Eve just call the police department and an officer will give you a ride home - subject to officer availability and within the city limits only.

The PD reminds you that no one ever thinks that their holiday celebration will end in jail, or worse, in a hospital; but for those who include alcohol in their celebrations and then get behind the wheel, this is often the case.

It is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Violators face jail time, loss of driver license and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees and court costs.

The Russell PD offers three simple steps people can take to stay safe and out of trouble:

  1. Plan ahead. If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Designate a sober driver or find another safe way home. Even one too many drinks increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle.
  2. If you are impaired, find another way home. Call a sober friend or family member or call the police department at 483-2121 for a ride.
  3. Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact the police department or call 911. Your actions may save someone's life and inaction could cost a life.
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