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Designate a sober driver before the party begins or risk arrest
SPRINGFIELD – There is no doubt numerous Illinoisans will celebrate with family and friends this St. Patrick’s Day. Unfortunately, those celebrations frequently turn deadly because of impaired drivers. That’s why the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois State Police (ISP) are partnering with numerous law enforcement agencies around the state this weekend and throughout St. Patrick’s Day to remind everyone to act responsibly by designating a sober driver if they plan on consuming alcohol this St. Patrick’s Day.
The message is very simple. Keep the streets safe this St. Patrick’s Day by drinking responsibly and designating a sober driver before heading to the local parade or pub or risk arrest for driving under the influence.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that over the past five years, 851 people lost their lives in motor vehicles crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Out of that number, 327 were killed in crashes that involved a drunk driver (blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher). Over the past five years in Illinois, 26 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes, 3 of those fatalities involved a driver that had been drinking alcohol.