Friday is St. Patrick’s Day but the parties will linger well into the weekend. The Georgia State Patrol is urging those who plan to observe the St. Patrick’s Day holiday to avoid driving impaired.

“Driving impaired is dangerous and not worth the risk of killing yourself or someone else,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. If you consume alcohol during your celebrations, make sure you designate a sober driver before the party begins. “If you don’t have a designated driver, call a taxi, a friend, or a family member to help you get home safely,” he added.

GSP reports that impaired driving is one of the leading contributing factors in a majority of the fatal traffic crashes that troopers investigate.

The agency has made a few suggestions to help keep everyone safe:

  • Hosts should serve lots of food
  • Drink non-alcoholic beverages
  • Make sure their guests that drink non-alcoholic beverages have a sober driver
  • Have a cab company or rideshare app ready just in case

If you are in a position to stop someone from driving while impaired, law enforcement officials are asking that you do your best to help make other arrangements.

Troopers will be conducting roadchecks and high visibility patrols across the state watching for not only impaired drivers, but also seat belt violators, speeders, and other traffic violations that could potentially cause a traffic crash.

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

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