Enjoy The Richland County Fair & Rodeo Responsibly: Plan A Sober Ride!
August 2, 2023 | View PDF
As the sun rises on the golden plains, the anticipation builds for one of the most awaited events in Richland County - the Richland County Fair & Rodeo. A celebration of community spirit, tradition, and entertainment, the fair offers a delightful array of activities, from thrilling rodeo events to exciting exhibits, concerts, and mouthwatering food. While reveling in the festivities, it’s crucial to prioritize safety, and that’s why the Richland County Injury Prevention/DUI Task Force urges all attendees to plan a sober ride if they plan to drink. By doing so, we can ensure a fun and memorable experience for everyone while safeguarding our roads and loved ones.
The Richland County Fair & Rodeo has been a cornerstone of the community for many years. It brings together locals and visitors alike to celebrate the agricultural heritage, talent, and hard work that define this county. With each passing year, the fair grows in popularity and attracts more people from far and wide, creating a lively atmosphere filled with joy and camaraderie.
While enjoying the festivities, many fairgoers may indulge in alcoholic beverages to enhance the experience. There’s nothing wrong with savoring a cold beer, but it’s crucial to remember the responsibility that comes with consuming alcohol. Impaired driving poses a severe threat not only to the driver but also to innocent passengers and other road users. One wrong decision could result in tragedy, forever altering the lives of families and friends.
To combat the dangers of impaired driving, the Richland County Injury Prevention/ DUI Task Force takes a proactive approach by promoting the message: “If you Plan to Drink, Plan a Sober Ride.” The campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of designating a responsible, sober driver or arranging for alternative transportation when attending events that involve alcohol.
Fortunately, there are numerous alternatives to driving under the influence. Consider these safe options:
1. Designated Driver: If you’re attending the fair with a group of friends or family, designate one person to stay sober and serve as the driver for the evening.
2. Ride-Sharing: Utilize ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft to get home safely. These apps make it easy to request a ride with just a few taps on your smartphone.
3. Arrange for a Pick-Up: If you don’t want to use ride-sharing services, arrange for a sober friend or family member to pick you up at the end of the night.
The Richland County Fair & Rodeo is a time for celebration, enjoyment, and the creation of lasting memories. By planning a sober ride, we can ensure that these cherished memories are positive and safe for everyone involved. Let’s support the efforts of the Richland County Injury Prevention/ DUI Task Force and make responsible choices to protect our community and loved ones. Have a fantastic time at the fair and remember to enjoy it responsibly!
If you have any questions or would like to be a member of the Injury Prevention/DUI Task Force please contact Don Smies, Coordinator 406-433-2207. Check us out on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/RichlandCountyHealthDepartment.