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Summer has finally arrived.

City celebrations, camping, boating and barbeques will be everyday events. The Fourth of July is fast approaching and with all these events comes responsibility.

Having adult beverages are common with summer time activities and sometimes some people have too many. Spending all day boating on the river, camping in our parks or just spending time with friends, passing the day can lead to poor decisions when it's time to going home.

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Designated drivers are a responsible alternative to you getting behind the wheel. If that is not an option, Safe Ride is available to you. As I understand it, Safe Ride will get you home from about anywhere in Mitchell County. A totally voluntarily run operation and a good choice when you need it.

During the summer months, alcohol-related crashes and arrests increase. The area roadways get busier, parks fill up and families start vacations. Everyone at the sheriff's office wants you to enjoy summer and everything it has to offer. Sheriff's patrols will be out keeping our roadways and parks safe. I encourage you to contact my office immediately if you see an unsafe driver on the roadways, don't dismiss it as nothing, let us check it out and make sure it is indeed nothing.

Please be responsible this summer. Make good choices and use options available to you when the day ends. Designated drivers, safe ride or simply just staying put may be the best option for you at the time. Think of others, share the road and enjoy the summer in Mitchell County.

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