Portage County Safe Communities, a program of Portage County Health District, is partnering with local businesses to increase public awareness of law enforcement’s efforts to reduce impaired driving during holiday celebrations, according to a news release from the Portage County Combined General Health District.

The enforcement campaign runs Dec. 13 to Jan. 1, and law enforcement will have zero tolerance for buzzed driving whether caused by any legal or illegal substance.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in December 2018, 839 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver.

Buzzed driving is not acceptable. There are safe alternatives to buzzed driving: plan ahead and provide a sober designated driver; use public transportation, or use ride-sharing service to reduce preventable crashes, injuries and traffic-related deaths.

Portage County Safe Communities urges all drivers to drive sober and for all vehicle occupants to wear their safety belts – every trip and every time.