By Susan A. Neufeld
Sacramento, CA – While you make plans to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is preparing to keep the roadways free of impaired drivers, so that everyone can safely enjoy the festivities.
“Don’t let a day of celebration turn into a day of tragedy. If you drive impaired, you risk your life and the lives of others on the road,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley, “Plan ahead before the party begins by designating a sober driver, or making arrangements for a taxi or ride-hailing service.”
The CHP recommends these steps to avoid impaired driving:
- Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver or have an alternate transportation plan before yo 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.
The CHP wants you to enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and return from the party safe.