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Mailbag: Keep holidays safe in H.B.

November 16, 2011

As the holiday season approaches, it brings many festive occasions with friends and family.

However, it also brings increased risks of being injured or killed in alcohol-related accidents on our roadways.

Just a reminder: A DUI conviction can cost first-time offenders more than $12,000 in fines, classes, DMV license fees, attorney fees and increased insurance costs. Added to those fees are the additional costs of booking and fingerprinting. And if you are under the age of 21, additional fees can cost as much as $15,000 to $20,000!

You will also spend time in jail or, worse, the hospital. Your vehicle may need to be repaired, you could lose your license, and there is a strong possibility of being sued.

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Drinking and driving may also take a greater toll if someone is injured or killed by your actions — perhaps you or one of your family members.

Please commit yourself. Do not drink and drive.

Here are some tips to make yourself and others safe this holiday season:

1. Plan to have a designated driver.

2. At parties, hosts should offer nonalcoholic beverages.

3. Stay at a friend's home or nearby hotel. Do not try to "make" it home.

4. Use public transportation or a cab. Many establishments have a voucher cab program.

Keep yourself, your loved ones, others' loved ones and Huntington Beach safe this holiday.

Joe Carchio

Huntington Beach

The writer is the mayor of Huntington Beach.

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Obama's not the robber here

It appears that Community Commentary writer Robert Smythe ("President Obama's jobs bill deserves a layoff," Nov. 3) has selective focus in viewing the input of special interests in President Obama's proposed legislation. One would think that an adjunct professor from USC (the University of Supercilious Conservatives) would be fully aware of the massive impact that all special interests have in shaping our policies and legislation in Washington, D.C.

Big Business (oil companies, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, financial institutions, firearms manufacturers, etc.) routinely wrote and influenced legislation under President George W. Bush, and I read no complaints from Smythe. Could it be that he only objects to proposals that negatively impact "fat cats"? One only has his word that his allegations are true. I, for one, take exception to his conclusions.

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