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Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk On St. Patrick’s Day

Date: 03.15.2013
Contact: Jennifer Farquhar, MBA Phone: (330) 375-4930

AKRON, Ohio, March 15, 2013 For many Americans, 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, the night out has also become very dangerous.

“Whether you are going out with friends or having a party at home, if your morning or evening involves alcohol, never drive while impaired, and never let your friends drive impaired,” said Summa Health System’s Rebecca Wise, Summit County Safe Communities Grant Coordinator. “There are many options: call a cab, take their keys, or sleep over and drive home when you are sober.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a drunk driver during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2006 to 2010. 

Wise recommends following these NHTSA tips for a safe St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver, and leave your car keys at home.
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
  • Call a cab service to schedule a pick up before you go out.
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement.
  • 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.

According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, there have been four traffic fatalities in Summit County so far this year. From January to March 2012, there were three fatalities.

A message from Summa Health System and Summit County Safe Communities.

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