State Police Issue New Year’s Eve Travel Advisory

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Captain Bernard J. Petrovsky, Commanding Officer, Troop C, Pennsylvania State Police, is asking drivers to use caution and good common sense while traveling throughout the Commonwealth over the New Year’s holiday.

Captain Petrovsky issued the following statement:

With so many people looking forward to celebrating the start of the New Year, we may lose focus on important safety issues. Remember you are responsible for the safety of others and yourself when you get behind the wheel and drive.

Many drivers think they know how much alcohol they can handle; however, they fall to realize that impairment begins after the first drink.

An average person can metabolize one standard alcohol drink per hour. One standard alcohol drink is defined as one 12 ounce beer, one 5 ounce glass of wine or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits.

The only thing that will decrease your blood alcohol content is time. Drinking strong coffee, exercising and taking a cold shower will not help lower your BAC.

Nationally, on average about 28 people die from alcohol related crashes each day. In the United States well over 200 children die each year at the hands of a drunk driver and typically half of those are riding with the drunk driver. Keep in mind when “Auld Lang Syne” plays, the night is not over yet, you need to make a decision on how to get home safely.

Have a happy New Year and a great 2016.

~Captain Bernard J. Petrovsky

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