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Drive Safely This St. Patrick’s Day

Written by on March 16, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day well-wishers will celebrate this weekend with friendly pinches, bangers n’ mash and green beer. Sadly, all this celebration often leads to dangerous driving behavior when party-goers head home.
Nationwide in 2016, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period. Cody Police Chief Chuck Baker says that during holiday weekends, the potential for drunk driving accidents rises – so he urges drivers to be mindful.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, 39 percent of motor vehicle crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. In fact, from 2012 to 2016, almost 38 percent of the drunk-driving fatalities during this holiday period involved drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations well above the .08 limit, with 269 drunk-driving fatalities.

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