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Neighbors Growing Together | May 22, 2017

Drive safely this St. Paddy’s Day

Mar 09, 2017

The Iowa Department of Public Safety and its Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau are urging partiers this St. Patrick’s Day to find a safe ride home if you plan on drinking.

Before you decide to go out and drink, line up a designated sober driver, utilize the bureau’s and AAA’s Tow to Go Program, or find another alternative ride home.

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays in America. Last year, there were zero fatalities in Iowa over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, but there were 458 crashes resulting in 756 injuries, of which 16 were serious. A majority of the serious crashes on St. Patrick’s Day happen between midnight and 6 a.m.

No matter if a person chooses to drink or be the designated driver, they should remember to wear their seat belt, because that will provide the best protection even if they don’t have the “luck of the Irish” and are involved in a crash.

“Together, we can make this St. Patrick’s Day holiday a safe one and again have zero fatalities,” stated a press release from the bureau.

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