Across the country, an average of one alcohol-related traffic death occurs every 45 minutes. Alcohol and drug impairment are significant factors in more than 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.
In 2014, 18 people died in drunk driving crashes on St. Patrick’s Day.
This year, if you’ll be drinking alcohol, Illinois State Police officials have advice: Don’t drink and drive. Troopers will be on patrol across the state in an effort to crack down on drunk drivers and keep the streets safe.
St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s deadliest holidays. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18), 28 percent of crash fatalities involved drunken drivers. The early hours of March 18 were even worse: between midnight and 5:59 a.m., nearly half of crash fatalities involved drunken drivers. The ISP will be coordinating its enforcement efforts to help combat these preventable crashes.
Designating a sober driver, prearranging taxi service and checking on safe ride services are a few responsible choices for drinkers this St. Patrick’s Day.