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St. Patrick's Day drunk driving crack down

Tazewell County - The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office announced it will be conducting special patrols on St. Patrick’s Day to crack down on drunk drivers.

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays due to the number of drunk drivers on the road. Drunk driving kills more than 10,000 people each year in our country. Drunk driving deaths are always preventable. “We’re urging our community’s residents and guests to plan ahead for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations,” said Chief Deputy Lower. “If you’re going to drink, designate a sober driver before you go out. Remember: It’s not just about you. There are other people on the roads who want to get where they are going safely.”

Following are some safety tips for celebrating the upcoming holiday:

  • If you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party

  • Remember, you can be held liable if someone you serve is involved in a drunk driving crash.

  • Make sure your guests designate a sober driver in advance or help arrange ridesharing with sober drivers.

  • Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.

  • Keep phone numbers for local cab companies or your favorite ride-sharing app handy and take keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk. If you’re going out for St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Designate a sober driver ahead of time and give that person your car keys.

  • If you don’t have a designated driver, call a cab, use ride-sharing, have a sober friend or family member pick you up or stay where you are and sleep it off.

  • Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they’re about to drive after drinking.

  • Buckle up – it’s your best defense in a crash. Pedestrians are at risk, too.

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