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THIS ST. PATRICK’S DAY, PLAN BEFORE YOU PARTY! REMEMBER: BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING

March 16, 2018

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                     CONTACT:  Haley Russo (440) 350-2844

March 15, 2018                                                                                                           LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT

 THIS ST. PATRICK’S DAY, PLAN BEFORE YOU PARTY!  REMEMBER: BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. With a plethora of St. Paddy’s Day well-wishers, the holiday is heavily celebrated by most Americans. Sadly, all this merry-making can lead to dangerous driving conditions as party-goers head home.

In 2016 alone, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Paddy’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18). The selfish act of drinking and driving can rip people from their friends and loved ones forever. For this reason, the Lake County Safe Communities Coalition (LCSCC) is working to spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving. Even one drink can be one too many. If you’re heading out for the Irish festivities, plan ahead and remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

“We want our community members to plan ahead when they are celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day,” said Haley Russo, the Safe Communities Coalition Coordinator. “Don’t let alcohol cause you to be a risk to yourself and others on the road. Drinking and driving is an act of selfishness. Before you put your keys in the ignition, remind yourself: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. Please make a plan before you head out for St. Patrick’s Day parties,” Ms. Russo continued.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that as of March 5th, 2018 Lake County has had one fatal crash on Lake County roadways this year.

The LCSCC and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommend the following tips for a safe St. Patrick’s Day:

  • A safe, sober ride home is an essential part of any plan that includes drinking.
  • If you’re planning on driving, commit to staying sober.
  • If you have been drinking and need a sober ride home, there are many options. Call a sober friend or family member, a taxi, use public transportation, or try ride sharing apps such as UBER or Lyft. Also, try NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, which helps users call a taxi or a sober friend for a ride home, and helps to identify their location so they can be picked up.
  • Help those around you be responsible, too. If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel and help them find a sober ride home.
  • If you see someone who appears to be driving drunk, call the police. Your actions could help save a life.

 

Remember, this St. Patrick’s Day: Plan Before You Party! Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving!

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Marianne Rusnak
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