Safe Communities encourages responsible drinking

With the new year approaching and lots of celebrations planned, Safe Communities is hoping that drivers will remember to be responsible around alcohol and that party hosts will serve less alcoholic fare this New Year’s Eve.

After the successful completion of a “mocktail party” at Mercy Hospital Clermont, Martha Enriquez, local Safe Communities coordinator, is hoping that delicious drinks this season will be healthier and less dangerous to drivers.

“We were very pleased with the attendance,” said Enriquez. “There were several people from Safe Communities who came, and the traffic from the hospital was also good. Lots of hospital employees came during their lunchtime. There were probably twice as many people attending as last year.”

“Mocktails” are drinks similar to cocktails, but contain no alcohol. Last year, Safe Communities held a mocktail party and contest at Mercy Clermont to see what department of the hospital could come up with the most tasty drink. This year, a repeat performance drew even more onto the safe drink wagon, which Enriquez said is designed to help prevent traffic accidents caused by alcohol.