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      St. Patrick's Day: An Important Time to Think About Drunk Driving Safety

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      For many Americans, St. Patrick's Day has become a popular opportunity to celebrate with friends and family. Unfortunately, due to drunk drivers, the festivities have also become very dangerous.

      The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a drunk driver during St. Patrick's Day holidays from 2006 to 2010. During 2010 alone, 129 lives were lost.

          Following these steps, driverscan enjoy a safe and festive holiday withoutjeopardizing their lives and the lives of others who may be on the road:

          • Plan a safe way home before thefestivities begin.
          • Before drinking, designate a sober driver andleave your car keys at home.
          • If you're impaired, call a sober friend orfamily member to get home safely.
          • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contactyour local law enforcement.
          • And remember, if you know someone who is aboutto drive impaired or ride with someone who is impaired, help your friend makeother arrangements. If a friend is drunk and wants to drive, don't let ithappen, even if it means taking the keys away.

          For more information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.

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