Please party smartly

By The Mercury

Mid to late December isn’t just stressed-out-driver season, it’s also party season.

There are all kinds of parties — office parties, neighborhood bashes and simple gatherings among friends. Along with assorted treats and mistletoe, alcohol is often available — and plentiful.

What you munch on and what you do under the mistletoe is your business. So is how much alcohol you ingest, to a point. But the latter could end up mattering to a lot of people if it leads to irresponsible or destructive behavior.

Little spoils Christmas cheer — or busts the holiday budget — quite like a DUI citation. And little ruins lives quite like an accident involving a drunk driver.

So do yourself, your loved ones and strangers in other vehicles a favor: if you drink, don’t drive. Find a designated driver, borrow a friend’s sofa for the night or call a cab. You’ll save yourself a lot of grief and be able to add to the joy of this wonderful season.

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