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Task Force, Safety Partners Deliver Holiday Safety Message At Annual Spirit-free Mix-off

The Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force held its 18th annual Spirit-free mix-off at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest on Thursday. The event encourages safe behaviors during the holidays and helps to promote “Operation Safe Holiday” enforcement mobilization efforts in the Lehigh Valley region and Pennsylvania.

Guest servers from local media outlets offered non-alcoholic drinks for judging to educate the community and suggest enjoyable alternatives to using alcohol during the holidays.

The winners this year were the B104 Radio morning team of Mike Kelly and Stephanie Wells, who served up the Spicy Reindeer – a drink combining ginger ale with apple and cinnamon. The Task Force will make a $250 donation to their charity of choice, the American Diabetes Association. Other participants included Jerry Padden from CAT Country 96, Selena and Crockett from 100.7 WLEV and Joy Howe and Jim Vaughn from WFMZ-TV 69 News. Recipes for the drinks that were featured can be found below.

This year’s featured speaker, Trooper Nathan Branosky, community service officer/public information officer from Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, spoke about the dangers of driving under the influence year-round and during the holiday season and about enforcement efforts during the “Operation Safe Holiday” mobilization.

With impaired-driving concerns also including impairment from drugs, Trooper Branosky also highlighted Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week, a Governor Tom Wolf statewide initiative being held this week to get help for state residents suffering from addiction and opioid use disorder. The Wolf administration is also providing the overdose reversal medication naloxone. This medication reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and gives the patient a chance at recovery.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s response to the opioid crisis visit www.pa.gov/opioids.

Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force 2018 Spirit-Free Mix-Off Recipes:

Dasher’s Delight

Serves 2

1 ½ cups whole milk

4 oz. milk chocolate, chopped

¼ cup creamy peanut butter

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat on medium heat stirring often until smooth.

Foggy Night Brew

Serves 1

Place Earl Grey tea bag in a mug and fill mug half way with boiling water. Remove tea bag when steeped. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and sugar to taste. Top off with ½ cup hot or steamed milk.


Serves 6

4 cups peach or raspberry iced tea

1 cup orange juice

1 cup apple juice

1 medium orange, sliced

1 medium apple, sliced

Combine iced tea, juices, and cut fruit in a pitcher.

Refrigerate for 1 hour and serve.

Spicy Reindeer

Serves 4

1 cup apple cider

3 cups ginger ale

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Combine cider with ginger ale and serve in glass with crushed ice. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

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