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8/30/2011 9:59:00 AM
Editorial: Celebrate Labor Day, but don't drink and drive

Lynda Duffy
Former Editor

Life as we know it can change as quickly as the blink of an eye. Looking back on negative, life-changing experiences, we sometimes find ourselves wrestling with the would have, could have, and should have syndrome. Anyone that has personally been the innocent victim of a drunk driver is left asking, "Why? Why me?"

Per Arizona Revised Statutes, it is unlawful to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, a vapor releasing substance containing a toxic substance, or vapor releasing substances if the person is "impaired to the slightest degree." In Arizona, if one's blood alcohol concentration level is .08 percent or above, they are deemed "impaired."

Labor Day Weekend is the last three-day weekend of the summer. Many will celebrate the occasion with backyard barbecues, family get-togethers or a night out on the town. While we encourage everyone to enjoy the long weekend, we urge all not to drink and drive.

Williams is such a small town there is really not a good reason to drink and drive. Most downtown eating establishments and bars are within walking distance of virtually any area in town. Designate someone in your group as the driver for the evening and make sure that person doesn't drink.

The costs of a DUI conviction are huge. The financial impact can be devastating. You are left to pay fines, surcharges, attorney fees, participate in and pay for substance abuse screenings and treatment, lost time from work to accommodate court appearances, and the cost of car insurance will increase significantly.

The stakes are higher for extreme DUI, repeat DUI, and aggravated DUI charges. If you drive drunk and kill someone, you can add a murder charge to your collection of misdeeds.

Please think before you drink and drive. A lot more than just you is at stake when you drink and drive. You could possibly hurt or kill an innocent person. As you look ahead to Labor Day Weekend, remember to play safe. And if you drink, please don't drive.

Early deadlines at the News

The News is now printed on Monday. Our office will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day. Therefore, the News must go to print on Friday for the Sept. 7 edition. All news and advertising for the Sept. 7 edition must be turned in by 4 p.m. tomorrow. Our office is located at 118 S. Third St. You can reach us at 635-4426.

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