(ATLANTA) - St. Patrick’s Day weekend is here, and the Georgia State Patrol is urging partygoers to keep safety a top priority during this year’s festivities. If you consume alcohol while celebrating, the message from state troopers is clear: do not drink and drive. Make sure that you designate a sober driver before the party begins to avoid driving impaired.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports over 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a drunk driver during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2006 to 2010.
Drunk driving is dangerous and not worth the risk of killing yourself or someone else. “Careful planning can prevent alcohol related traffic deaths. Party hosts, as well as partygoers can greatly aid in the effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on our highways, and it begins with planning your event carefully,” said Colonel Mark McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
Take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving impaired. State troopers advise party hosts to make sure all guests designate the sober driver in advance, serve lots of food and non-alcoholic beverages, and have the phone number for local cab companies available to guests.