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Holidays or not, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

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So you've had a few drinks - think you're good to get behind the wheel? Think again. That means planning ahead and designating a driver.

"The holidays are coming up and we have a lot of celebrations going on. Christmas, New Years. And the Guam Highway Patrol will be out there in full force conducting DUI checkpoints and also speed enforcement," said GPD Officer Tommy Benavente. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign kicked off on Wednesday with a proclamation signing.

Today, awareness and education efforts continued at the Agana Shopping Center. Officer Benavente is from the Highway Patrol Division and reminds the island that the legal limit is 0.08. Special fatal vision goggles show us how alcohol - and marijuana - can impair your judgment.

"Drugs and alcohol, if you have too much of course it's going to impair your driving," he demonstrated.

"All right, Ms. Paco," he said after giving me a simulated test, "you are going to jail!" The simulation was sobering... having failed my Walk-and-Turn and running over two pedestrians in another test.

Even more sobering? National data shows there's one fatality every sixty minutes related to somebody who's drunk or impaired by drugs.

"Just be safe," Benavente said. "Make sure you get a designated driver if you plan to celebrate. We want to keep the community safe. That's with everybody."

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