For
what has become a popular night out to celebrate with family and
friends, St. Patrick's Day also poses a very dangerous reality due to a
large number of intoxicated drivers on area roads.  For
that reason, troopers, deputies and city police officers will be
looking to remove the intoxicated driver before their, and your, luck
runs out.

 

On
St. Patrick's Day 2008, 37 percent of all drivers and motorcyclists
involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or
above, according to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration.  Of the 134 crash fatalities
nationally last year on St. Patrick's Day, 50 people were killed in a
crash involving at least one driver or motorcyclist with a BAC of .08
or higher.


"Don't fool yourself into thinking that
meeting with a few friends at the local pub after work for a few drinks
won't hurt anyone.  Have a safe plan developed
before going out so you, and your friends, can get home safely," said
Oregon State Police Superintendent (OSP) Timothy McLain.


Following
these easy suggestions can help a driver enjoy a safe and festive
evening without jeopardizing their life or the lives of others who may
be on the road.

 

* Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;

* Please designate a sober driver before you begin drinking;

* If impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get you home safely;

*
And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride their
motorcycle while impaired, take their keys and help them make
arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

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