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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Friday, March 14, 2014
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Don't Push Your Luck This St. Patrick's Day

Des Moines, IOWA --- St. Patrick’s Day is an all-day celebration for many and, for some, it includes alcohol.  The Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau reminds you to celebrate responsibly.  Designate a sober driver before your party begins.  In recent years, two of every five traffic deaths that occurred on this holiday involved a drunk driver.  In Iowa, eight people lost their lives last March in an alcohol-related traffic crash with a double fatality during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Iowa law enforcement will step up patrols this holiday weekend to prevent alcohol-related crashes.  Drunk driving violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver license, higher insurance rates and other expenses including attorney fees, court costs, vehicle towing or repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work.  An average OWI can cost close to $10,000.  A phone call or taxi is a less costly and a safer alternative.

Don’t push your luck this St. Patrick’s Day.  Celebrate smart and stay safe.  To prevent a tragedy and possibly save a life, follow these steps for a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.

  • 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 available, use your community’s sober ride program.

  • Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as driving.

  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police. You could save a life.

  • And remember, if you know people who are about to drive while impaired, help them make other arrangements to get where they are going safely.



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