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Public Safety Office Urges Drivers to Stay Safe on St. Patrick's Day

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security reminds drivers ‘Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.’

St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and for many, that means celebrations and revelry. If you plan to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol this St. Patrick’s Day, Massachusetts law enforcement officials have some simple and sage advice for you: “Don’t do it!”   

Everyone who plans to drink alcohol this St. Patrick’s Day should be reminded that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver to get you home safely, call a taxi, or take public transportation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular night out to celebrate with friends and family. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of drunk drivers, the night out has also become very dangerous.  

  • In 2009, there were 103 crash fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day across the nation.
  • Of these fatalities, 37 percent involved alcohol-impaired drivers and/or motorcyclists with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.  

Alcohol not only dangerously impairs your driving skills; it also impairs your judgment. If you see friends under the influence of alcohol, make sure you don’t let them get behind the wheel. Enjoy yourself responsibly this St. Patrick’s Day and follow these simple steps for a safe evening:  

  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
  • 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.
  • Whether meeting a few friends at the local pub after work or attending the local parade or party, if you plan on drinking alcohol, please don’t drive.
  • Visit www.mass.gov/highwaysafety for more information.

-Courtesy the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

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