Coalition brings groups together to make New Year’s Eve travel safer

Four entities have donated Uber gift cards to help provide safe rides home for New Year’s Eve patrons at the Monkey Bar & Grille at 7837 Old 3C Highway in Hamilton Twp. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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Four entities have donated Uber gift cards to help provide safe rides home for New Year’s Eve patrons at the Monkey Bar & Grille at 7837 Old 3C Highway in Hamilton Twp. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

The Warren County Safe Communities Coalition is teaming up with local organizations to offer free or discounted safe rides home for New Year’s Eve.

The initiative, agimed at curbing impaired driving over the holiday weekend, is organized by the coaltion, along with the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, Atrium Medical Center’s Level III Trauma Center and the Monkey Bar & Grille.

All four entities have donated Uber gift cards to help provide safe rides home for New Year’s Eve patrons at the Monkey Bar & Grille at 7837 Old 3C Highway in Hamilton Twp.

Members of Warren County Safe Communities Coalition representing Hamilton Twp. Police and Atrium will be at the restaurant from 5 to 8 p.m. today to remind people to be responsible drinkers and drivers.

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Gift cards are available while supplies last to drivers who visit the coalition’s booth at the bar and restaurant.

“In order to keep our community safe, the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office aggressively prosecutes persons who drive impaired on New Year’s Eve or any other day of the year,” said Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell. “But obviously, what keeps our community even safer is if impaired persons never get behind the wheel to begin with.”

There is no excuse to drive impaired during the holiday season, according to the coalition, which focuses on motor vehicle and traffic safety awareness initiatives throughout the year.

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Coalition members include Warren County law enforcement agencies, local government agencies, Warren County Career Center, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Atrium Medical Center.

“We want people to have fun this New Year’s Eve and remember to drink responsibly. Designate a sober driver before you leave, call a friend, call a taxi or use a mobile app like Uber,” said Ann Brock, coordinator for Warren County Safe Communities Coalition and trauma outreach coordinator for Atrium Medical Center. “This year we hope to make it even easier to arrive home safely with free gift cards for using a mobile app to hail a ride.”

In the previous three months, Warren County has experienced one fatal crash resulting in one death, according to the Warren County Safe Communities Coalition. Last year, during the same reporting period, Warren County experienced five fatal crashes resulting in six deaths.

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Drivers who see impaired behavior on the roadways may also dial #677 to contact Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Follow Warren County Safe Communities Coalition at www.facebook.com/WarrenCountySafeCommunitiesCoalition.

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