Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

July 11, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Joyride program assures safe ride home every time

MANKATO, MN – Eagle Lake community leaders are joining forces to ensure Tator Days participants have the opportunity to get a sober ride home with the JOYRIDE program.

JOYRIDE is a community-based initiative, begun by Blue Earth County Toward Zero Deaths Safe Roads Coalition, that cares about our communities and safety on the roads. This alternative transportation project provides safe and easy transportation for our citizens on the evening of Saturday, July 16th between the hours of 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

JOYRIDE will cover the city of Eagle Lake and a 10-mile radius. There is no cost, thanks to the city as sponsor. If you should have questions or to find out more information on the JOYRIDE program, please contact Mark Griffith at 507-257-3224.

“The JOYRIDE program provides an easy and fun transportation option for citizens who wish to drink," said Lt. Casey Meagher. "We know that drinking patrons sometimes find themselves without options to get home safely. Law enforcement sees this program as a great benefit to our community.”          

Eagle Lake bars are participating in the JOYRIDE program, including the Eagles Nest and the American Legion. While bringing in more patrons is a good reason that bars participate in the JOYRIDE program, they also appreciate the assurance that their patrons will all get home safely.

“It’s about getting more people out to enjoy our town celebration – while at the same time making sure everyone gets home safely. Everyone wins!” said Mark Griffith, SC EMS director.

Please remember to thank sponsor City of Eagle Lake for helping to bring the JOYRIDE program to our community and for providing you with a FREE ride home after your Tator Day celebration.

Drunk Driving, a Sobering Reality
More than 25,000 drivers are arrested for DWI in Minnesota each year, this alarming number averages nearly three DWI arrests per hour throughout the state.

In the last five years (2010 – 2014), there were 479 drunk driving-related traffic deaths in Minnesota and 88 people were killed in 2014 alone.

“These are sad, tragic and preventable deaths,” said Meagher.  “And the fact is, if you’re driving drunk, it’s much better news if you’re stopped and arrested for DWI than causing a preventable tragedy.

DWI Consequences

  • Loss of license for up to a year, thousands of dollars in costs and possible jail time.
  • Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges or face at least one year without a driver’s license.
  • Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.

Prevent Drunk Driving

  • Plan for a safe ride – designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration.
  • Offer to be a designated driver, or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.
  • Buckle up – the best defense against a drunk driver.
  • Report drunk driving – call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.

A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes – education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency medical and trauma response.

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