In an effort to make St. Patrick’s Day safer this year, the Huron Township Police have released the following tips.
Public Safety Director Everette Robbins compiled the tips to ensure the day, and weekend are both safe and fun for people who wish to partake in partying.
•Before you take your first sip of green beer, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. Ensure your designated driver has committed to a sober evening.
•Before celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year, decide whether you’ll drink or you’ll drive. You can’t do both.
•Widely celebrated across the country, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays due to the number of drunk drivers on the road. The St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18) from 2010 to 2014 saw the loss of 266 lives due to drunk-driving crashes.
•The rate at which alcohol affects you varies and is often based on factors such as alcohol content, body weight, food consumption, and how fast you drink your alcohol.
•Walking home from the bar after a night out partying? That can be dangerous, too. In 2014, 35 percent of the pedestrians killed in crashes had BACs of .08 or higher.
•If you see someone driving drunk, call 911 when it’s safe to do so, and give a description of the vehicle to law enforcement.
•In 2014, alone, 29 people (28 percent of all crash fatalities) across the country were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period.
•During post-party hours, between midnight and 5:59 a.m. Match 18, 2014, nearly half of crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.
•There’s no such thing as “OK to Drive.
•If you know someone who is about to drive drunk or ride with someone who is impaired, help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. If a friend is drunk and wants to drive, take the keys away. Don’t worry about offending someone – they’ll thank you later.