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DMV would like to wish you a Safe and Happy Holiday!

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Holidays are about spending time with family and friends.  Whether you are driving to celebrate with family or picking up last minute presents, be sure to safely bring the best gift of all…YOU! Get an early start and allow plenty of time to reach the destination. Be more observant, visibility is often limited by winter weather conditions.

  • Millions of drivers will be on the roadway this holiday season so here are a few driving tips to help you navigate safely:
  • Make sure your tires, brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater and exhaust system are in top condition.
  • Keep the windshield and windows clear on the vehicle. Use the defroster and keep a clean cloth handy to maintain fog free windows.
  • Carry an emergency kit. You can build your own with tips found at http://www.ots.ca.gov/roadsideemergencykit.asp.
  • Turn off the phone when you get behind the wheel.

If you are planning to drink, always designate a sober driver before the celebration begins.

Don’t forget to secure the best gift with a ribbon. It will only take you two seconds to put your seat belt on.

 

Calling All Laborers

Historically, Labor Day has been celebrated each year on the first Monday in September and is a hats off to American workers who have contributed to the well-being of our country. The fabric of our nation wouldn’t be as strong without the hard work of those with various backgrounds, skill sets and talents.

Recognizing the dedication of our nation’s people is definitely something to celebrate. Similarly, the DMV realizes this and would like to remind you to drink responsibly over the holiday weekend and always enlist a designated driver to take over the wheel.

Labor Day weekend is also considered one of the busier weekends for travel, since many families take advantage of the last three day weekend before summer’s end. This year in particular, AAA estimates a record number of families will be on the road “…due to the increasingly positive economic outlook.” 

So, before you and your family head out on the road together, keep the following in mind:

  • Don’t drive if you’re tired.  If you do catch yourself dozing off while driving, pull over to a safe, well-lit area and rest before you continue.
  • Keep distractions to a minimum. Don’t call, text or eat while driving. 
  • Exercise extra patience and caution. As mentioned, there will be more cars on the roadways this year.

In addition to the ones above, driver distractions can occur in many other forms. The more you’re aware, the better off you’ll be!

As Aristotle said, “The end of labor is to gain leisure” – now go and celebrate!

The Tale of Two Mojitos

Trudy hadn’t been out in ages, so when she got invited to meet some friends after work, she was excited beyond words.  Of course she had to tell us all about it on Facebook and Twitter.

She made it to the sports bar where her friends had gathered and Trudy orders her favorite cocktail, the ever popular Mojito.  If you’ve ever had one of these drinks, you know they go down pretty easy since you can hardly taste the alcohol.   Trudy slugged down her first drink, then quickly ordered another. Now mind you, Trudy is 5’2” and weighs 105 pounds, and that’s if she is soaking wet.  Oh, and to top it all off, she hadn’t eaten anything since breakfast,  by this time, it’s well into dinner time.   Take a look at this drink chart.  Was she in the danger zone by this point?  Well, yeah!  She was in the danger zone with her first drink!  Trudy, Trudy Trudy.  Wasn’t that a song?  I’ll have to Google that…  I digress……

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A Tale of Two Courts

To make matters worse, Trudy made a bad decision to drive home and she got pulled over for having a tail light out.  But it isn’t just the taillight that causes her trouble, she ended up getting arrested for DUI, went to jail and had her car impounded.  Oh, but that’s just the beginning of this sad tale.

Trudy then had to go to the DMV hearing where they suspended her license for four months, and put a DUI on her driving record for the next 10 years.

Then she had to go to the criminal court, where the judge made her pay a big fine, go to a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Program (which also costs a bunch of money) and was put on probation.  To help her along with her legal troubles, she had to hire an attorney.  This whole ordeal cost her at least $10,000 dollars.

After all was said and done, Trudy Tweeted:.

@trudy1257388, I thought I could handle 2 drinks and the quick drive home, but I got a DUI and should have called a cab 😦