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This St. Patrick’s Day, Plan Before You Party!

This St. Patrick’s Day, Plan Before You Party!

The Risk Isn’t Worth It

St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s biggest occasions to celebrate and party. But unfortunately, too many people take to the roads after drinking alcohol. With the excitement of St. Patrick’s Day festivities, partygoers can find themselves inebriated after having a drink or two—and without a planned, sober ride home.

That’s why this St. Patrick’s Day season, the City of Carbondale Police Department is working with the Illinois Department of Transportation and other highway safety advocates across Illinois to reach all drivers with an important life-saving message and warning: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Additional officers will be out in force looking for impaired drivers this weekend.

Many factors determine the effect alcohol has on your body, and it varies from person to person, but if you are under the influence, you should not be driving. Drunk driving puts you and others on the road at risk of a crash—or worse, death. Even a little alcohol consumption can lead to poor decision-making and impairment preventing you from safely operating a vehicle.

If you wait until after you’ve started drinking to figure out how you will get home, it’s too late to make a clear-headed decision. If you plan on drinking this St. Patrick’s Day, designate a sober driver before you start the party. Planning your ride ahead of time is one of the simplest ways to ensure you don’t harm yourself or others on the road.

Driving after drinking is deadly dangerous and never worth the risk. Call a taxi, sober friend or family member, or use a mass transit service.

Not only could you seriously injure or kill yourself or someone else, but if you are convicted of the crime of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), you face significant legal and financial consequences that can include jail time, the loss of your driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. Also, there’s the embarrassment, humiliation and consequences of telling your family, friends and employers of your arrest.

Drivers convicted of DUI often make up excuses for why they got behind the wheel, but the reality is they failed to plan ahead. If you wait until you’ve been drinking to plan your sober ride, often it’s already too late.

This St. Patrick’s Day and throughout the year, plan before you party. Remember, “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.” Together, by making smart and safe choices, we can make Zero Fatalities a Reality in Illinois.

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