Luck of Irish not with drunk drivers |

Luck of Irish not with drunk drivers

This St. Patrick’s Day Mothers Against Drunk Driving is pleading with those who partake of frothy green ale and spirits to rely on designated drivers rather than luck to get home safely.

“The luck of the Irish will not be enough to protect you should you encounter an impaired driver,” said Richard Laffin, MADD California Chairman.

Nearly 42 percent of all fatal car crashes that occur on St. Patrick’s Day are alcohol related according Laffin, who said it is one of the most dangerous holidays.

“That is why MADD advocates that a designated driver be chosen before drinking begins and that intoxicated people take a cab or other alternate transportation home.”

In 1998 alcohol-related crashes claimed the lives of 15,935 people and injured nearly 1 million others according to MADD. Officials are particularly worried about St. Patrick’s Day because it falls on a weekend and fear more people will take part in festivities where alcohol is involved.

“Deaths or injuries from a drunk-driving crash would be a tragic ending to what should be a joyous and fun-filled celebration,” Vice-Chair Linda Oxenreider warned. “Don’t let your luck run out by drinking and driving.”

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