LAKE FOREST: Don’t Depend on Dumb Luck this St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular night out to celebrate with friends and family. Unfortunately, due to the large number of drunk drivers, this fun night out has also become very dangerous.

In 2009, there were 103 crash fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day in the United States, according to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of those drivers had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above.

Lake Forest Police Services recommends these easy steps for a safe St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  • Before drinking any alcohol, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
  • If you are impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use a Sober Rides program.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement agency – Orange County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch (949)770-6011.
  • And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk. Don’t depend on dumb luck this St. Patrick’s Day. Designate your sober driver before the party begins.

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