This St. Patrick's Day (March 17, 2012) have fun. Be safe!
According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 37 percent of the motor vehicle traffic fatalities during St. Patrick's Day 2009 involved at least one driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. That means, of the 103 crash fatalities during St. Patrick's Day, 2009, 39 involved at least one driver who was over the legal limit.
St. Patrick's Day is one of the most widely celebrated days of the year. Don't turn a celebration into a devastation. Whether meeting a few friends for a drink or attending one of many events in your community this St. Patrick's Day weekend, local law enforcement agencies and traffic safety partners urge everyone to designate a sober driver to get you home safely.
The following precautions are recommended to help everyone enjoy a safe St. Patrick's Day:
* Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin and designate a sober driver.
* If you decide to drink once you're out, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
* If you are hosting a party, serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
* And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.