Chico Calif.-- While people are making plans for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is preparing to keep roadways free of impaired drivers.
According to the CHP, last year on St. Patrick’s Day they made 148 arrests statewide for driving under the influence.
Also on that day last year three people tragically lost their lives, and 66 people were injured as a result of DUI collisions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports 29 people in the United States died in alcohol-related vehicle collisions every day in 2016.
That amounts to one person every 50 minutes.
In 2016 alone, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving accidents during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period.
CHP and NHTSA wants to remind drivers that “Buzzed driving is Drunk Driving”.
The CHP recommends these steps to avoid impaired driving:
• Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver or have an alternate transportation plan before you go out to drink.
• If you are hosting a party, serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages. Stop serving alcohol a few hours before the end of the party.
• If you see a friend who is too drunk to drive, take their keys and call them a cab or ride-share, or give them a ride home.
• If you see a suspected impaired driver, call 9-1-1. Your phone call may save someone’s life
Information and photo courtesy to CHP.