The closure of bars and restaurants due to COVID-19 doesn’t diminish the importance of not drinking and driving
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety (KDPS) and Imperial Beverage, a Kalamazoo-based beer, wine and spirits distributor are urging residents not to get behind the wheel if they have been drinking on New Year’s Eve.
“While New Year’s Eve will look different, with bars and restaurants currently closed because of COVID-19 and fewer people hosting large gatherings, there’s one thing that doesn’t change: It’s never safe to get behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking,” said KDPS Chief Vernon Coakley. “KDPS will be on patrol monitoring our community, and we are encouraging residents to be responsible and stay safe. Don’t drink and drive.”
According to the Michigan State Police, nearly 30% of all fatal car crashes that happened in Michigan last year involved alcohol.
“At Imperial Beverage, we actively partner with schools, law enforcement and health professionals to promote the responsible use of alcohol, reduce drunken driving, binge drinking and underage drinking,” said Larry Cekola, CEO at Imperial Beverage. “We’re proud to stand with KDPS and urge Kalamazoo residents to call a friend, call a cab or order an Uber or Lyft if they have had too much to drink.”
“There’s no doubt many of us are eager to bid farewell to 2020, but that’s not an excuse to drink irresponsibly or get behind the wheel after drinking,” said Joe Cekola, president of Imperial Beverage. “I’d like to thank the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and its dedicated officers for everything they do to protect our community and keep our roads safe.”
# # #