National Highway Safety

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.
In recognition of the 9th Annual Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Parade Weekend, the Yarmouth Police Department will activate Operation Safe Ride Home starting at 4:00 PM on Friday, March 7th and ending at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 9th.  Any citizen who needs a free and safe ride home from a Yarmouth licensed liquor establishment should call Town Taxi directly at 508.775.5555.