Letter: Make safe driving decisions

There is nothing more important than keeping your family and friends safe. As a Toward Zero Deaths Safe Roads Coalition, we work closely in our community to ensure everyone makes safe driving decisions to avoid driving impaired.
In 2008, Sherburne County began the CRASH – Collision Reduction and Safe Highways – program. Officers and deputies from Sherburne County, Big Lake, Becker, Elk River, Princeton and the State Patrol work together in a high-visibility enforcement effort to get drunken drivers off of our streets. This targeted enforcement will be occurring now through the beginning of September on our Sherburne County roadways, allowing extra patrols to focus on unsafe driving behaviors. This program is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety.
Drinking and driving has serious and complicated consequences, possible crashes with injury or death, as well as lawyers, court, fees and jail time. Planning for a safe and sober ride is simple. Use a sober, designated driver or public transportation or spend the night at the location of the celebration.
If you are planning to party, please plan in advance how you and your friends will get home safely. Make smart decisions and keep our roads safe.

Lt. Sam Olson
Big Lake Police Department
Sherburne County Safe Roads Coalition member