St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular night to celebrate with family and friends.  Unfortunately, due to the large number of drunk drivers, St. Patrick’s Day has also become a very dangerous night to be on the roadways.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), 37 percent of drivers and motorcyclist involved in fatal crashes in 2009 had a blood alcohol content above the legal limit.  Additionally, NHTSA statistics show in 2009 alone, there were 103 crash fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day. 

“St. Patrick’s Day is a wonderful time to celebrate in Ocean City,” commented Chief Bernadette DiPino. “However, before you choose where you will go for your celebration, you should choose a designated sober driver.”

The Ocean City Police Department recommends the following tips to ensure you have a safe St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  • Before you begin drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
  • If you are impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or take the bus so you are sure to get home safely.
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement agency.
  • Remember, if you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get where they are going safely.