Luck Won’t Get You Home Safely on
St. Patrick’s Day
Don’t drive if you plan on celebrating the
holiday with alcohol
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[March 17, 2017]
– The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reminds you to
plan before you party this St. Patrick’s Day. If you’ll be drinking
alcohol to celebrate the holiday, don’t drive. Designate a driver,
call a cab or ride-sharing company or take public transit. Don’t
make a mistake that could cost you all of your green.
“St. Patrick’s Day is a festive occasion, but it can turn deadly
if you aren’t responsible,” said Priscilla Tobias, highway safety
official and director of program development for IDOT. “Make sure
you leave your keys at home if you will be out drinking alcohol.
It’s not worth a DUI, or worse. Leave the driving to someone who is
The Illinois State Police (ISP) and law enforcement agencies
throughout the state will be looking for impaired drivers. Police
will be conducting roadside safety checks and seat belt enforcement
zones around the holiday, in an effort to keep the roads safe. The
message during this campaign, and every day, is simple: Drive Sober
or Get Pulled Over.
“Drinking and driving is one of America's most often committed and
deadliest traffic offenses,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “Make
this St. Patrick's Day celebration safe for everyone by designating
a sober driver. Don’t let your luck run out by taking chances with
impaired driving. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!”
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IDOT data show that 58 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes on the
weekends prior to, and after, March 17 from 2012 to 2016; 16 of the fatalities
involved at least one driver who had been drinking. In 2016 alone, 15 people
were killed during those two weekends and four died as a result of crashes
involving at least one driver who had been drinking.
Impaired driving puts you and others on the road at risk of a crash, or even
death. Even a small amount of alcohol consumption can lead to disaster. Don’t
take a chance and ruin the holiday, or perhaps your life. Celebrate responsibly.
[Illinois Department of