It’s no secret that when it comes to education, entrepreneurship, and industry, those of us who live and work in Columbia, Missouri know how to get down to business. That being said, we also know how to party. Stroll the streets of downtown Columbia during a major holiday or Mizzou sports weekend, and you can definitely see the alcohol flowing freely. Though our law enforcement has made great strides in the past several years in reducing the number of drunk driving fatalities and arrests, we still have a long way to go to get that number down to zero.

On a national level, there were nearly 10,000 alcohol related driving fatalities in 2014. 205 of these occurred in Missouri, ranking us in the top 10 for drunk driving for that particular year. Add these statistics to our extremely low beer and wine taxes (2nd and 3rd lowest in the nation, respectively) and you have a toxic brew.

The number of fatalities involving alcohol in December nearly doubles during the New Year’s Eve holiday, especially when the holiday falls on a weekend. At the Law Office of Mike Campbell, we have personally experienced the ramifications of these tragic numbers, and we are committing to make a difference as we bring in 2017.

That’s why we are giving away Taxi Terry gift certificates ($15 each) to the first 25 individuals who pledge to designate a sober driver or seek an alternative way home on New Year’s Eve this year. We ran the same event last year and it was extremely successful. Our hope is that we can reach even more Columbia residents this year and help drive alcohol-related crash statistics as low as possible. In turn, everyone can have a joyous, happy, and safe start to 2017.

If you wish to pledge, all you need to do is fill out the form below and send it in. We’ll contact the first 25 people who make a pledge. Happy holidays, Columbia. I know that if we work together, we can all take pleasure in a safe and sober 2017. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop me a line.

 

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