Designate a driver if you plan to celebrate

This Saturday marks the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ocean City, Md., along with countless other celebrations throughout the region designed around revelers who either wish to make it down to the beach from other locales, or simply need a day of rest after celebrating before resuming their regular day-to-day schedule.

It is always a busy week in the area, with restaurants and businesses often getting a bump from the weekend visitors, and locals getting together to celebrate. In short, it is usually a very fun weekend in our humble little community.

However, with celebration often comes consequences. And the consequences for too much partying can be life-altering, to say the least.

Education and enforcement of drunk driving laws have brought the conversation on this activity to the forefront over the past few decades. By now, we should all be well-informed over the risks of getting behind a wheel after having too much to drink — yet we still see people getting arrested, or worse, all too often. A DUI can cause you to lose your license, your job, your relationships and thousands of dollars — not to mention your freedom.

And that’s if you’re lucky.

It can also very easily end your life. Or that of your passengers. Or that of an innocent person who happens to be sharing the road with you. Or that person’s child.

If you plan on being out and about this weekend, or any time, and alcohol is in the equation, designate a driver or arrange for a driver through a cab or some other service. It’s not just you we are worried about. It’s all of us.

Well, it certainly looks as if there’s going to be an election in Ocean View this year.

Four residents have filed to run in the Town’s April 11 election to determine who will reside in the District 4 seat for Ocean View Town Council — Carol Bodine, Jon Debuchananne, Kent Liddle and Don Walsh. The Town will host a Candidate’s Night on March 26, at 7 p.m. to help voters get a feel for the candidates. That many candidates for one seat is nearly unheard of, and this only benefits Ocean View as a whole.