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Project Red Ribbon serves as reminder not to drink and drive during holiday season

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Monday kicks off Project Red Ribbon. When you see a red ribbons tied to a car antenna, it's a reminder to not drink and drive.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 11,000 people die on the roads each year due to drunk driving. Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley says DUI numbers have gone down recently in Quincy. However, the accidents typically increase at this time of the year because of the holiday season.

"The night before Thanksgiving has traditionally been a very active night as far as people going out and celebrating. A lot of people are back in town visiting for the holidays and so it's important to start that project prior to that night," said Copley.

The campaign runs locally until January 1.

"It's very important to take the message seriously and realize it can happen to you and do the right thing," Copley said. "I'm not saying don't celebrate, have a good time, but don't drive after you do so."

You can get a free ribbon at the Quincy Police Department, Quincy City Hall, Adams County Sheriff's Department, and area banks and churches.

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