As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, Sheriff Grady Judd is urging motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel drunk. During this holiday, deputies in Polk County will be on high alert, and cracking down on drunk drivers.
“Drunk driving is dangerous, deadly, and against the law – and it will not be tolerated in Polk County this St. Patrick’s Day,” said Sheriff Judd. “Today we are giving fair warning to everyone traveling through Polk County that our deputies will be out on patrol and if you are caught driving drunk you will be arrested.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during St. Patrick’s Day holidays from 2006 to 2010. In 2010, 80% of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday drunk driving deaths involved drivers who had a blood alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit.
"If alcohol is part of your festivities, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely, or contact a local sober ride program such as AAA Tow To Go," said Sheriff Judd.
Sheriff Judd recommends the following easy 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.
- Use a sober ride programs.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police.
- And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive a car or ride a motorcycle while impaired, take the keys and help that person make other arrangements to get to where he or she is going safely.