Police and first responders raise awareness about impaired driving

During the 2013 holiday season, more than 1,000 people died in crashes

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - On Saturday, dozens of police and first responders led a caravan from Syracuse to DeWitt to raise awareness about impaired driving.

According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, during the 2013 holiday season 1,180 people were killed in crashes by impaired drivers -- and only a third were alcohol related.

The 32nd Annual Donald H. Barrett Lights On Caravan honors all the victims while raising awareness about the dangers of impaired driving.

“Make a plan,” stated Chairman Patricia Wortley, of the Onondaga County Traffic Safety Advisory Board. “Spend a night, call a family member or friend to come get you , take a cab or a bus… have a plan in place before you go.”

Wortley also says buzzed driving is drunk driving, adding that being slightly under the influence of anything -- whether its drugs or alcohol -- puts you and other drivers at risk.

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