St. Patrick’s Day is one of America’s most widely celebrated holidays. It’s a great excuse to gather with friends and family. Sadly, the night often ends with drunk drivers on the road, which pose a threat to other drivers, vehicle passengers, and pedestrians. In 2016 alone, 60 people were killed in drunk driving crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 6:69 a.m. March 18). Not only is this behavior deadly, it’s illegal. For that reason, Troy Police will be out in full force to make sure that if you are behind the wheel, you are sober. This year, if you’ll be drinking alcohol, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Tragically, March 17 has become a dangerous holiday on our nation’s roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, almost two-fifths (39%) of all motor vehicle crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. The early hours of March 18 didn’t fare much better. Between midnight and 5:59 a.m., nearly three-fourths (69%) of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. In fact, from 2012-2016, almost two-fifths (38%) of the drunk-driving fatalities during this holiday period involve drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) well above the .08 limit, with 269 drunk-driving fatalities total. Drivers should also keep an eye out for pedestrians who had had too much to drink. Walking while intoxicated can also yield deadly outcomes, as lack of attention to surroundings could put pedestrians at risk of getting hit by a vehicle.
“St. Patrick’s Day should only b a good time for members of our community,” said Chief Taylor. “We need your help to make this a reality. A commitment to sober driving keeps our neighborhood roads safe. Always make a plan before heading out to the festivities. Understand the dangers of drinking and driving. It is illegal to drink and drive, and should never be an option for how you et home. Designate a sober driver before you and your friends go out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. “
Drunk-driving death rates are staggering. In 2016, there were 10,497 people killed in drunk-driving crashes. This means an average of 1 person was killed every 50 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the United States. Drunk driving is deadly and illegal behavior.
If you see a drunk driver on the road, please contact the Troy Police immediately. Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys and make arrangements to get them home safely.