Sent on 3/14/2013 12:58:26 PM
As St. Patrick's Day approaches, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department is reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel if they've been drinking. 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. “When you are gathering with friends at the local bar or at someone’s home, if alcohol is part of the festivities, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely, or contact your local sober ride program for a safe ride home,” said Sergeant Jason Dowdy, supervisor of the Sheriff’s DUI Unit. According to NHTSA, on average, every 51 minutes a person is killed in a drunk-driving crash in the United States and the majority of these crashes involve drunk drivers who have blood alcohol concentrations of .15 grams per deciliter or higher, almost twice the legal limit of .08 g/dL. To prevent these tragedies from occurring, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department recommends the following steps to have a safe and happy 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 to get home safely. - If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police. - And remember, if you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. The Sheriff’s Department will have a sobriety checkpoint active on Friday, March 15, 2013.