St. Patrick's Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the rich Irish heritage. As many of us here in Juneau toast St. Patrick on March 17, K&L Distributors would like to take a moment to salute the millions who make designated drivers part of their party plans.
According to a recent survey by the Data Development Corp., 92 percent of the public endorse the designated-driver concept as a good or excellent way to curb drunken driving. In fact, more than 112 million American adults have been a designated driver or have been driven home by one.
Through efforts like these, we have made great strides in addressing the issue of drunken driving. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the number of drunken driving deaths has declined 41 percent since 1982 - the lowest level since the government began tracking them.
We should rest on our laurels. There is more work to be done to bring drunken driving numbers down. To that end, K&L Distributors, a local Anheuser-Busch distributor, works year-round with bar and restaurant owners, community groups, law enforcement officials, government agencies and other community leaders to promote responsible drinking and designated drivers. This St. Patrick's Day, K&L Distributors and Juneau's licensed beverage retailers are working to fight drunken driving and encourage customers to drink responsibly.
We're winning the fight against drunken driving. Let's remember to look out for one another and designate a driver before we begin celebrating the wearing of the green.
Gary Fournier, Southeast Branch Manager
K&L Distributors, Inc.