TIE ONE ON FOR SAFETY® THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AND HONOR FALLEN CHANDLER OFFICER PAYNE DESERT CAR CARE CENTER OF CHANDLER AND MADD INVITE COMMUNITY TO TAKE THE PLEDGE TO DRIVE SOBER RECEIVE MADD RIBBON AND COMPLIMENTARY WINDSHIELD WIPERS
December 3, 2014(Chandler, AZ)… Desert Car Care Center of Chandler and MADD want you to “Tie One On For Safety®” to ensure the safety of our community during the holiday season by raising awareness of drunk driving. This year we dedicate this event to the memory of fallen Police Officer Payne, part of the East Valley DUI Task Force. The Pledge to Drive Sober kick-off event is Tuesday, December 16. Those who sign the pledge, through December 31, will receive a “Tie One On For Safety®” MADD Ribbon, a free set of windshield wiper blades and a voucher for 20% off any repair or service up to $100.00 through January 31, 2015. For more information or to share this message through social media visit www.desertcarcare.com or call 480-420-3555.
According to a news article in the Arizona Republic, Officer Payne was killed shortly after midnight Oct. 31 when his motorcycle was rear-ended as he waited for a light at Chandler Boulevard and Pennington Drive in Chandler. Police and safety officials describe the suspect in his death, Brian Yazzie, as the sort of chronically impaired driver that troubles them the most. Yazzie had a blood-alcohol content of .29 percent, more than three times the .08 percent limit at which Arizona drivers are presumed impaired under state law.
“Accidents involving alcohol are preventable and we can’t remind people enough, especially around the festive holiday season, to make the commitment to have a designated driver,” states Frank Leutz, CEO of Desert Car Care of Chandler. “We invite the community to take the pledge and share this message to their families, friends and co-workers in person and through social media.”
Pledge To Drive Sober: This holiday season, I give my family, my friends and myself the gift of life. I pledge to not drink and drive or ride with an impaired driver, let my friends drink and drive or ride with an impaired driver, and to always wear my seatbelt.
Last year in Arizona, 281 people were killed — 30 of those were killed during the five weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day — in alcohol-related crashes. The average Blood Alcohol Consumption (BAC) of the 30,000 people arrested in Arizona for DUI was 0.151 – nearly DOUBLE the legal limit. Although the “legal BAC limit” is set at .08, Arizona has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to DUI. You can be arrested for DUI by being “impaired to the slightest degree”. In Arizona, a DUI can cost a first-time offender about $10,000.
Tips to keep your family and friends safe this season:
Promote the non-drinking designated driver concept in party invitations.
Host parties by providing alternate transportation or accommodation.
Have bedrooms and your sofa ready for those who need to spend the night.
Provide plenty of food, yet avoid too many salty snacks, which tend to make people thirsty and drink more.
Designate a non-drinking driver BEFORE the celebration begins.
Desert Car Care of Chandler is a leader in the automotive industry with ASE Certified Master technicians. We use state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology and provide warranties on both parts and labor. Frank Leutz, COO of DCC Chandler, is the current ASA (Automotive Service Association of Arizona) Phoenix Chapter President. Named 2012 Phoenix Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work,” 2012 Motor Age Magazine “Top Shops” nominee, 2013 “Angie’s List” Super Service Award recipient, member of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, BBB, NARPRO (Network of Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals) and IATN (International Automotive Technicians Network). Desert Car Care of Chandler is located at 95 North Dobson Road, Chandler. For more information visit www.desertcarcare.com or call 480-420-3555.
CONTACT: SHERRY BUTLER
Sherry L. Butler Communications