What are you drinking this St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, falling on a weekend. What are your party plans for the holiday? Here’s what we have on our agenda.
St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, falling on a weekend. What are your party plans for the holiday? Here’s what we have on our agenda.

Don’t drink and drive

St. Patrick’s Day for many is an all-day revelry of drinking and partying. We’re not against having fun but we are down on drinking and driving. Not only does it put your life at risk, your irresponsible behavior can hurt or even kills others. Further, driving drunk can also cost you more than a pot of gold — just add up legal fees, court costs, increased insurance rates and more.
The green-themed holiday has not only become a free-for-all drink fest, it has become a dangerous occasion that makes the roads unsafe.

Be responsible and follow these tips to prevent buzzed or drunken driving this weekend.

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  1. If you’re drinking, do not get behind the wheel. Period. Or don’t drink.
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  3. Before drinking, designate a sober driver. Sober means sober, not the “least buzzed”.
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  5. If no sober designated driver is with you, call a taxi, sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to make sure you get home safely and put no one else at risk.
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  7. Take advantage of your community’s sober ride program. Write the number down and put it in your pocket or program the number into your phone before you go out.
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  9. If you see a drunk driver on the road or witness someone who’s been drinking getting into their car, contact law enforcement immediately. Though you may not be on the road at the time, someone you love might be.
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  11. Help others get home safely by discouraging them from driving buzzed. Take their keys ifyou have to and help them make safe arrangements to get home.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration needs your help in keeping the roads safe for everyone this St. Patrick’s Day and every day. Visit the NHTSA’s Facebook page for more information.  Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. Don’t rely on dumb luck this St. Patrick’s Day; just plan ahead and designate a sober driver and ask your loved ones to do the same.

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