It's that time of year again when everything turns green. We aren't just talking about the buds that will soon appear on the trees, but we are talking about the hoards of green shirts, hats, beads and beers that appear on March 17 every year. It is St. Patrick's Day and it is known for its green-themed parties.
Officials with the Loveland Police Division have asked residents to remain safe this weekend as they celebrate the holiday. Specifically, they warned about the increased risk for car accidents involving drunk drivers that occurs every year. It is a real danger this time of year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released statistics that show that from the years 2006 through 2010 there were a total of 700 people killed at the hands of a drunk driver.
The behavior is so dangerous that the United States cannot go even a full minute without having someone incur fatal injuries in an alcohol-related motor vehicle collision. In fact, every 51 minutes there is another fatality on American highways. Even scarier is that these accidents don't involve a person on the border of the legal blood alcohol limits. Most of these accidents involve a driver who is nearly twice the .08 legal limit in Ohio.
The Loveland Police Department begs drivers to simply take a moment away from planning their costume or deciding which party they might attend to first plan for a safe way home. This can be done by designating one driver who will remain sober all evening, writing down the number for a local taxi or even asking the host if it would be all right if they "crashed for the night." For those out on the roads, officers ask that they report any suspicion of drunk driving so that police can quickly get offenders off the roads.
Source: Cincinnati.com, "Police department urges St. Patrick's Day safety," March 14, 2013
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