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Friday, December 30, 2022

Crawford County Sheriff Wants a Safe NYE

New Year’s Eve celebrations are this weekend. Crawford County Sheriff Jim Steinkuehler says he wants to remind everyone to have fun, but more importantly – be safe. 

“Some guys get to drinking, and they think ‘well, I’m not that drunk,’ and ‘I can drive a couple, four or five miles…’ well the problem is – you’re not,” Steinkuehler said.

Drinking and driving isn’t a new issue, Steinkuehler knows. But he says it still bears reminding that one bad decision can end up ruining your life and potentially other lives too. 

“Right now, if you (were) charged with vehicular manslaughter – if you killed someone during that accident…you’re looking at about 25 years (behind bars),” Steinkuehler said. 

Steinkuehler wants people to celebrate, help the local economy by going to Crawford County establishments, but be smart. 

“I know a lot of people here in Crawford County, I know about 90 percent of the people here,” Steinkuehler said. “I’ve told several people in talking that I know are going to go out and celebrate. I’ll say to them, “give me a call, I’ll come out in my personal car. Come get you and give you a ride home.”

Steinkuhler says most drunk driving accidents happen within a few miles from home. So they might think it’s not a big deal, but it is. 

“If we can save one life that way, to me that’s a plus in my book.” Steinkuehler said. 

Iowa averages 29 drunk driving related road deaths annually, trailing only Illinois and Wisconsin area states for alcohol related vehicle deaths.

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