FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (NEWS10) – St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in America date all the way in which again to the nation’s founding. Even although celebrations may look completely different this 12 months in your hometown, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office needs to remind you to remain protected by remembering one piece of recommendation: “Buzzed driving is drunk driving.”
The Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to unfold the message. Even one drink, stated Sheriff’s Office officers, could possibly be one too many.
“We understand people are looking for a reason to celebrate, and we want our community members to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, but we also want to impress upon everyone the importance of safe driving,” stated Sheriff Murphy “If you’ve been drinking, make the right choice to find a sober driver to get you and your friends home safely. Before you put your keys in the ignition, remind yourself: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.”
According to NHTSA, 10,142 folks have been killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2019. More than 10,000 folks have been killed on common between the years of 2015 to 2019, yearly. During the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day interval, which is listed as 6 p.m. March 16 to five:59 a.m. March 18, nearly half of crash fatalities concerned a drunk driver.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office officers additionally warned drivers to look out for pedestrians on the streets who might have had an excessive amount of to drink. Walking whereas intoxicated will also be lethal, as lack of consideration to their environment may make it simpler for pedestrians to get hit.
If you do exit to drink, the Sheriff’s Office reminds you to get a chosen driver for the evening. And keep in mind, a chosen driver is somebody who is totally sober, who has not drunk any alcohol in any respect.