As Patrick’s Day approaches, the Yarmouth Police Department is urging the public to celebrate responsibly and never drive drunk.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration analyses show alcohol-impaired crashes claimed a life every 53 minutes. On St Patrick’s Day alone, more than a third of fatalities from motor vehicle crashes – 34 percent – were connected to drunk driving. The national average for alcohol impaired fatalities is approximatley 31 percent.
Whether plans include attending a local parade or festival, hosting a party or gathering with friends at the local bar or pub, YPD urges everyone to designate a sober driver before alcohol is consumed. Please consider the following safety tips when you go out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
- Designate your sober driver or have an alternate transportation plan before the party begins.
- If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay where you are and don’t drive until you are sober.
- Use your community’s sober ride program.
- Never let a friend drive drunk. Arrange a safe way for them to get home.
- Don’t ride in a vehicle with a driver who is intoxicated.
- Always buckle up. It’s still your best defense against drunk drivers.