St. Patrick's Day has become a popular night for many Americans to go out and celebrate with friends and family. Unfortunately, the night has become very dangerous for motorists, which is why officials are urging people to not depend on dumb luck this holiday.
According to information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, nearly half of the 105 drivers and motorcyclists involved in the fatal crashes around the state during the 2007 St. Patrick's Day had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above.
"Whether you are meeting a few friends at the local pub after work or attending a private party, if you plan on using alcohol never drive while impaired," Sgt. Jason Frazier said, then urged people to always drink responsibly. "And never let your friends drive if you think they are impaired. Friends don't let friends drive drunk."
The CCSD will join federal, state and local highway safety and law enforcement officials across the nation during the March 7-23 Operation Pull Over.
Deputies will be working overtime patrolling county roadways through a grant provided by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to help insure safe highway travel.
"Driving impaired or riding with someone who is impaired is simply not worth the risk," Frazier said. "Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be really significant."
For more information, log onto the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.StopImpairedDriving.org.