Holiday season

Times Journal Editorial: This Holiday Season, Know When You’re Too Drunk to Drive | Editorial

David Hanaway committed suicide along with two others on the East Side of Madison on December 14. Hanaway was the driver of a silver sedan heading west on Cottage Grove Road at around 9:20 a.m. when she ran a red light and a black T-osed a SUV containing Mark A. Brylski and Kathy A. Brylski, killing them, Madison Police spokeswoman Stephanie Fryer said.

The sedan was traveling at around 60 mph at the time of the crash, more than double the speed limit, witnesses said. A passenger in the sedan admitted to drinking alcohol in the vehicle while Hanaway was driving, Fryer said. Hanaway has a long criminal record that includes four OWI convictions.

As we enter the heart of another holiday season, we’re here today to ask you to know when you’ve been drinking too much, to know when it’s time to ask for a ride.

The Tavern League of Wisconsin’s SafeRide program has the stated goal of “eliminating impaired driving on the roads of Wisconsin.” Its members encourage your bartender to ask questions about the SafeRide program. You can locate the nearest Tavern League member and SafeRide provider at Or you can download the free TLW mobile app. The app shows you which members are nearby, in order of location.

During and after the holiday season, there’s no good reason for you to drive when you know you’ve been drinking too much. Get home safe and do your part to make sure everyone comes home safe as well.

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