Preventing St. Patrick’s Day Drunk Driving

Various statistics indicate that “Drinking and driving” (DUI) accidents happen in significant numbers in and around major holidays.  With St. Patrick’s Day occurring on March 17, 2016, various agencies are issuing warnings against drunk driving, as well as preventative tips.

On March 10, 2016, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a press release titled “Don’t Push Your Luck on St. Patrick’s Day.”  An excerpt from the release:

Beginning this weekend, through St. Patrick’s Day and the following weekend, Illinois law enforcement will be working overtime to crack down on drunk drivers. Officers will be conducting roadside safety checks, planning saturation patrols and strongly enforcing seatbelt laws to remind motorists to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket.”

The press release also offers five tips for preventing drunk driving from happening.

On March 15, 2016, the Naperville Patch published an article titled “Drunken Drivers Make St. Patrick’s Day a Deadly Holiday:  Police.”  This article discusses various topics regarding drunk driving enforcement efforts by the Naperville Police, as well as providing various tips for preventing drunk driving, including picking a “designated driver” and not letting friends drive drunk.

A notable excerpt from the article:

Pedestrians are at risk, too. If you are walking, keep an eye out for cars. Even a sober driver is a risk if you are drinking and walking. Designated drivers: Be alert for impaired walkers who may not obey street signs.

Additional details can be seen in the IDOT press release and Naperville Patch articles mentioned above.

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