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Message from Sheriff Timothy B. Howard

A Message from Sheriff Tim Howard

December 16, 2013

December is National Drunk and & Drugged Driving Prevention month, or 3 D month.  The importance of this month and our message about not drinking and driving cannot be overstated.   Together, our Office, is partnering with WNY United Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse; several prevention and law enforcement agencies such as the State Police and Hamburg Police Department, to help shed more light on this very important topic.  Our collaborative efforts in Erie County are meant to target impaired driving and underage drinking in order to keep our kids and our families safer, particularly during the holiday season.

All through the month of December and into January you will see our holiday themed billboards dot the county landscape reminding drivers not to drink and drive.   Please look for them! Also expect to see increased patrols out on the highways to help deter this violent act.  Remember, cheer does not come in a bottle.   We need your help and commitment in keeping our communities safe and drug and alcohol free by not driving under the influence or provide to minors – remember, it’s against the law to serve alcohol to those under 21! We can all make the right choices together.

However, drinking and driving awareness doesn’t begin and end with adults. It must start early.   We need to engage our youth to help them try and avoid making terrible choices that could have life-long or even life ending consequences.  That is why part of this holiday anti-drinking and driving campaign engages our youth as well.  Several students from school districts throughout the county entered the WNY United’s Annual Drug Free Art and Poetry contest; through prose and portrait, the children promised to stay drug and alcohol free and they encouraged their parents to make the same choices as well.

Please have a safe holiday season.  It really is a wonderful time of the year and should be remembered for all of the right reasons.