Pick a Designated Driver or Contact Your Local Sober Ride Program
Remember: ‘Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving’
Everybody may be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day* but nobody should drive drunk after celebrating Ireland’s patron saint this Saturday, March 17, 2012.
“St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated saint’s days in the world, but all too often it shares that great distinction with a far lesser one—too many people are driving drunk and killing or maiming themselves and others on the road as a result,” said Officer Matt Arnold. “Even if you’ve think you’ve had only a few drinks and are just feeling ‘buzzed,’ don’t kid yourself because Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”
According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
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 of .08 grams per deciliter or above, the legal level of intoxication established in every state in theUnion.
During St. Patrick’s Day 2009, there were 103 crash fatalities. Of that number, 39 people were killed in traffic crashes involving at least one driver or motorcyclist with a BAC of .08 g/dL or higher.
“Whether you are meeting a few friends at the local pub after work or attending a friends party, if alcohol is part of the festivities, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely, or contact your local sober ride program participant for a safe trip,” Matt Arnold recommended.
“Alcohol not only dangerously impairs your driving skills, it also impairs your judgment. If you had a few drinks and feel ‘buzzed,’ remember Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving,” Officer Arnold said.
The Bryan Police recommends the following easy steps, for a safe St. Patrick’s Day.
Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin and designate a sober driver.
- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement.
- And remember, if you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
* St. Patrick’s Day is defined as the period from 6 p.m. on March 16 to 5:59 a.m. on March 18.