As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, Bryan Police are urging motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel drunk. During this holiday law enforcement officials in Bryan will be on high alert, cracking down on drunk drivers as part of its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over public safety campaign.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during St. Patrick’s Day holidays from 2006 to 2010. On average, every 51 minutes a person is killed in a drunk-driving crash in the United States and the majority of these crashes involve drivers who have blood alcohol concentrations of .15 grams per deciliter or higher, almost twice legal limit of .08 g/dL.
“Whether you are gathering with friends or at the local pub if alcohol is part of the festivities, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely.” said Officer Matt Arnold.
Officer Arnold recommends the following easy steps to have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day:
Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.
If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police.
And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive a car or ride a motorcycle while impaired, take the keys and help that person make other arrangements to get to where he or she is going safely.