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A push to encourage safe and sober driving this New Year's Eve

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Albany/HV: A push to encourage safe and sober driving this New Year's Eve
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With New Year's Eve just around the corner several reminders are being made to make sure you get home safe. Our Beth Croughan has more.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Three days before New Year's Eve, two separate press conferences were held to get out one important message.

"New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are the, you know there's a spike in the number of alcohol-related offenses unfortunately, impaired driving offenses," explained Michele Fonda, MADD NY Program Specialist.

"There are no excuses for driving drunk in this day and age," said Albany County ADA Mary Tanner-Richter.

Tanner-Richter was alongside the Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple as he announced the 29th annual "Safe Ride Program."

"It's inexcusable there's too many ways, too many means, to get people home safe," said Apple.

A free ride is available from 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve until 2 a.m. on New Year's Day. It's a program sponsored by the Law Firm of Martin, Harding and Mazzotti.

"If you call 1-800-LAW-1010 or from your mobile device **law, give us a call and we'll make sure you get home safely," said Dan Dagostino of the law firm.

And as people drove through Thruway tolls Friday, they were handed a red ribbon and card, in addition to their change. It's the annual "Tie One on for Safety" campaign organized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The ribbons are to serve as a reminder to drive safe and sober.
"On behalf of all of the victims of impaired driving, we hear on a daily basis the devastation that families, how it affects them. And so we just urge folks to be responsible," said Fonda.

Jeanne Sample of Schenectady is one of those victims. Her 52-year-old brother was killed in 2011 by a drunk driver. She shares her story, so someone else doesn't have to.

"Even though I was aware, you're not as aware until it happens to you. And if these kind of events can prevent one death, one family from going through this, then it's worth it," Sample said.

For a safe ride in Albany County, remember to call 1-800-LAW-1010 or **law on your cell phone. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP