ELYRIA — It’s the party with a purpose to prepare Lorain County residents for all those holiday parties.
This year’s 12th annual Zero-Proof Mix-Off will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lorain County Community College’s College Center and will allow guests to sample 20 non-alcoholic drinks that organizers hope will be recreated in area homes to send the message of responsible celebrating this holiday season.
The purpose of the event is, and always has been, the same: to increase awareness of impaired driving.
Co-hosts of the Mix-Off, the Lorain County Safe Community Coalition and Lorain County Community College, know that drinking alcohol and then driving can add up to dangerous consequences. So far in 2013, more than half of Lorain County’s fatal crashes have involved impaired driving, according to police accident reports.
“The Mix-Off is a great way to kick-off the holidays, and the event gives us a chance to pause to think about how sober driving is an important part of celebrations,” said Keith Brown, director of campus security at LCCC and Coalition member.
In addition to drinks, the event also will feature food, live music and door prizes.
All guests will receive a 2013 Zero-Proof Mix-Off Recipe Book featuring all 20 drink recipes available to taste during the event.
The annual event promotes the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
For more information, call the Lorain County General Health District at (440) 322-6367, visit www.LorainCountyHealth.com, like the Lorain County General Health District on Facebook or follow on Twitter.