I feel like I should be tweeting this, but I also feel like most of us know that on drinking holidays such as St. Patrick's Day the cops will be looking for drunk drivers. While we all know it in the back of our minds we also tend to ignore the possibility because we don't know for sure. Stop what you're doing and read this carefully... The Idaho State Police has CONFIRMED that they will be looking for drunk drivers tonight and this weekend.

According to ktvb report "During the 2019 St. Patrick's Day weekend, more than three out of five (63%) crash fatalities involved a drunk driver. From 2015 to 2019, a total of 280 lives were lost in drunk-driving crashes during the St. Patrick's Day period."

I know these aren't fun numbers to read but they're factual so take them into consideration and don't contribute to these statistics tonight.

They say common sense is not so common so the Idaho State Police Troopers want you consider the following reminders before heading out to your St. Patrick's Day celebration:

  • Plan your safe ride home before you start the party
  • Choose a non-drinking friend as a designated driver
  • Arrange for a ride share service or taxi
  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you've had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use a cab or a ride service to get home safely.
  • Do you have a friend who has been drinking and is about to drive? Step in and take the keys and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
  • If you're hosting a party where alcohol will be served, serve non-alcoholic beverage options and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver
  • Always wear your seat belt – it's your best defense against impaired drivers
  • If you see what could be an impaired driver on the road, call *477(*ISP) or 911. Your call could save a life.

 

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