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Law Enforcement Warning Drivers to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Responsibly

There will be events throughout the San Diego area to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. However, because many involve green beer and other alcoholic beverages, law enforcement is warning drivers to celebrate responsibly.

“St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated saint’s days in the world, but all too often it shares that great distinction with a far lesser one – too many people are driving drunk and killing or maiming themselves and others on the road as a result,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Gil Hernandez. “Even if you think you’ve had only a few drinks and are just feeling ‘buzzed,’ don’t kid yourself because Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”

In 2011, 3 people were killed and 96 seriously injured in traffic crashes across California involving at least one driver or motorcyclist with a BAC of .08 percent or higher, according to statistics compiled by the California Office of Traffic Safety. Nationwide, 700 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday during the period from 2006 to 2010. There were 129 lives lost in 2010 alone .

With this in mind, we would like to share the CHP’s tips for a safe St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin and designate a sober driver.
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to report them – Call 911!
  • 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.