Christmas is almost here and it's the time of year for family and friends to get together. But if you're not careful you may end up ruining the holiday for you or someone else.
Law enforcement officials and doctors have a clear message for everyone. Enjoy yourself, have fun, but don't drink and drive.
If you get behind the wheel and you've had too much to drink officials are saying they'll find you. The last place you want to spend Christmas Eve or Christmas Day is in a jail cell, or worse on a hospital bed.
Doctors claim they see a lot of people with traumatic injuries during this time of year and roughly half of the incidents they deal with are related to some sort of substance abuse. That's why it doesn't matter whether you're at a family function, or out for a night of fun with your buddies, you need to drink responsibly and make sure you know your limit.
Officials are also saying don't be afraid to cut someone off if you think they've reached their limit. Doctors want you to make sure they're not one of the ones you pay a visit to during the holiday season.
Dr. Alison Wilson is the Trauma Center Director at Ruby Memorial Hospital. She said, "I'd much rather they spend Christmas with their loved ones in a happy enjoy environment then spending it with my trauma team."
Even though it's the holidays State Police are saying there will be more patrols cracking down on people who are driving when they shouldn't be.
"We are going to be out there. We've amped up the numbers this holiday season so when we do find you we're going to pull you over to see if you're under the influence of any type of alcohol or drugs," said Senior Trooper Chris Berry.
If you plan on going out and drinking you should make sure you have a place to stay or a safe ride home.