Every summer alcohol-impaired accidents occur. The #DecideSober campaign is promoting responsible drinking this summer to combat the seasonal cycle.

Many decisions are better made sober than impaired. Questions like “who is driving?” or “where am I sleeping tonight?” are best answered soberly. Responsible drinking is having answers to these questions before you start your first beverage.

The Michigan Thumb Public Health Alliance (MTPHA) wants you to #DecideSober and drink responsibly.

The #DecideSober campaign aims to keep Thumb families safe. Of all alcohol-involved crashes in the Thumb Region (Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, and Tuscola counties), people aged 25-34 accounted for most drivers (37% of all alcohol-involved vehicle accidents).

We can spread the habits of responsible drinking and set good examples for these drivers.

You may have seen “The Sober Checklist” on Facebook. You’ll see it soon in more ways than one at your participating local bar/restaurant.

The MTPHA is challenging you to #DecideSober and post a photo to social media with the hashtag #DecideSober.

The MTPHA was created in 2019 to create collaboration between the health departments of Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, and Tuscola counties. By working together, the counties can share services, improve efficiency through cost savings, and create infrastructure across the region that helps everyone. Their CHIP (Community Health Improvement Plan) identified six objectives for the Thumb to improve throughout the 2022 calendar year.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date as we promote these in the Thumb region.

—Michigan Thumb Public Health