Keep the streets safe this St. Patrick’s Day!
Don’t drink and drive.
St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s most popular holidays and, sadly, one of the nation’s deadliest holidays. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m., March 16, to 5:59 a.m., March 18), more than one quarter (28%) of all motor vehicle crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.
Police Chief Matthew P. Geist has announced that this year Middlesex Police Officers will be out in force all day and night in a campaign to crack down on drunk drivers and keep the streets of Middlesex safe for everyone. He urges would-be revelers to avoid getting behind the wheel if they have been drinking alcohol. “We are committing extra resources to insure that our roads are safe this St. Patrick’s Day”, said Chief Geist. “Make no mistake – this is a ‘zero tolerance’ proposition. If you are caught driving drunk, you will be arrested”. Law enforcement officials ask those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to be smart and to plan ahead. Do not wait until you’ve already been drinking to try to find a sober driver, and never try to drive when you’re drunk. Even one drink is dangerous if you’re behind the wheel of a car.
Make 2017 safe. Use this party-planning checklist to stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day.
PARTY PREPARATION: Designate a sober, reliable driver to get you home safely. Find the name of a taxi company or ride-hailing service, and keep their numbers in your phone.
ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Before you take your first sip of green beer, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. Ensure your designated driver has committed to a sober evening. If you’re the designated driver, do not drink. Your friends are relying on you, as are the people with whom you share the road.
EVERY DAY: First, commit to driving sober today, St. Patrick’s Day, and every day. Second, always keep the number of a taxi transportation company or ride-hailing service in your phone or in your wallet so you have a backup plan if you find yourself in need of a sober driver. Last, be sure to download NHTSA’s SaferRide app. Using your location, the app can find a taxi nearby, as well as help you contact a friend from your selected list of contacts. If you’re impaired, don’t let pride get in the way of calling a sober friend or family member to get you home safely. Help spread the word about the dangers of drunk driving, and the resources available to keep the streets safe.
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