Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day  The luck of the Irish may be with you this St.Patrick’s Day, but don’t think that gives you an excuse to drink and drive. In the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day local law enforcement across the United States will be stepping up their campaign against drunk driving. For those heading out for a night of St. Patrick’s fun, that means zero tolerance for impaired drivers who have had one too many alcoholic drinks.

The high alert is part of the nationwide ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ public safety campaign. The campaign kicks into high gear before St. Patrick’s Day because DUI related arrests are just as frequent during those days as other busy days for drinking and driving, and that includes the Forth of July, Labor Day weekend, and New Year’s Eve.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has statistics that show that a third of all vehicle crashes occurring on St. Patrick’s Day are alcohol related.

How can you stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day ? You can take steps to avoid ever getting behind the wheel after drinking and driving by planning ahead:

  • Prior to your night out, designate a sober driver and hand over your car keys or leave them at home.
  • Call a taxi, sober friend, designated driver program, or family member if you’ve been out drinking.
  • Choose to spend St. Patrick’s Day celebrating at home.
  • Plan your night out and your way home long before you leave the house.

With the opportunity to drink green beer and have fun with friends, St. Patrick’s Day is one of those days people look forward to celebrating all year long.  Make this your best, and safest, St. Patrick’s Day yet by designating a sober driver or finding a sober way home.