Project Red Ribbon kicks off

Published: Nov. 21, 2022 at 10:18 AM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - Project Red Ribbon kicked off Monday morning at City Hall by Mayor Mike Troup and Quincy Police Chief Adams Yates.

Project Red Ribbon is an initiative that asks drivers to tie a red ribbon onto their vehicles as a reminder to not drink and drive.

Yates and Troup started off the project by tying a red ribbon onto their official vehicles.

The 2022 Project Red Ribbon is put on by the Quinsippi Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

This is the 34th year for the project locally. It runs until Jan. 1.

Project Red Ribbon Chairman J.T. Dozier said the message is simple and remains the same every year.

”If you want to have a great holiday party and invite your friends over for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years that’s fine,” Dozier said. “If you’re old enough to drink, it’s very simple, if you’ve been drinking don’t be driving.”

While the message is important year round, Dozier said it’s especially important around the holidays.

“We want you to have a safe and happy holiday season, but what we don’t want is for it to be marred by a needless tragedy,” Dozier added.

The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office reported 254 people died in 2020 from alcohol-related crashes. The most recent stat also shows that number represents 21% of the total crash fatalities (1,195).

Free ribbons are available in the Quincy City Hall lobby. Area banks and credit unions will soon have ribbons available as well.

Next week, local 8th grade students will have ribbons to take home.

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