Tuesday Open Line

After a period of 13 eventful years, Prohibition ended this week in 1933, and Americans were able to legally have a drink once again. While alcohol is legal, its use involves personal responsibility. With the holiday season under way, it’s time for more parties and more driving than usual — as well as increased hours of darkness and bad weather. That combination is why this is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. About a third of the nearly 34,000 fatal highway accidents each year involve alcohol-impaired driving. There are over 12,000 beer, wine and distilled alcoholic beverage wholesalers across the U.S. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at <www.census.gov>.