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St. Patrick's Day: An Important Time to Think About Drunk Driving Safety

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For many Americans, St. Patrick's Day has become a popular opportunity to celebrate with friends and family. Unfortunately, due to drunk drivers, the festivities have also become very dangerous.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a drunk driver during St. Patrick's Day holidays from 2006 to 2010. During 2010 alone, 129 lives were lost.

Following these steps, drivers can enjoy a safe and festive holiday without jeopardizing their lives and the lives of others who may be on the road:

  • 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, call a sober friend or family member to get home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement.
  • And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive impaired or ride with someone who is impaired, help your friend make other arrangements. If a friend is drunk and wants to drive, don't let it happen, even if it means taking the keys away.

For more information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.

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