Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Safely

This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday and the EPPD will have extra officers out on the road that day, looking for drivers who have had too much green beer and decided to drive.

St. Patrick’s Day can be a dangerous time due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the road. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, St. Patrick’s Day ranks second in all holidays for the number of DWIs per hour (4.6). Only Labor Day is higher at 4.9. From 2011-2016, 11 people died and 31 people were seriously injured on Minnesota roads during St. Patrick’s Day.

It’s easy to enjoy a festive and safe celebration without jeopardizing your life or the lives of others. Here are a few tips:

  • Plan ahead if you’ll be drinking and arrange a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and give that person your keys.
  • If you’re impaired, call a taxi or ridesharing program, use public transportation, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, promptly call 911. You could save someone’s life.
  • Remember, friends don’t let friends drive drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride with someone who is impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.