Kingdom Life Church works on gift drive
BRADENTON -- Kingdom Life Christian Church and the Bradenton Police Department partner for the seventh annual Honoring the Badge event at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Toys R' Us, 512 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.
Bradenton police officers and employees will accompany children who may not receive gifts this year on a Christmas shopping trip. Participants were chosen by community leaders, church leadership and Bradenton police officers.
Donations allowed purchase of approximately 20 gift cards valued at $25 for the children.
Sarasota to crack down on DUI arrests over holiday
SARASOTA -- If you're celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, the Sarasota Police Department has a message for you: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
In December 2012, there were 830 people killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, including 26 on Christmas Day.
Every year, more than 10,322 people are killed by drunk drivers in America. The Sarasota Police Department said all drunken drivers face jail time, fines, loss of driver's license, towing fees and other DUI expenses, which total $10,000 on average.
Follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:
If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, use Tow-To-Go (1-800-2-TOW-2-GO) from Christmas Eve through 6 a.m. Jan. 1.
-- Herald staff reports