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This St. Patrick's Day, Plan before you Party

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and many will be celebrating with parades and parties featuring green beer and cocktails. To remind motorists of the dangers of drunk driving and to help keep our streets safe, the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Transportation for a stepped-up traffic safety campaign.

"Because St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday this year, we anticipate that alcohol

consumption will increase both that day and throughout the weekend," said Sheriff Jack

Campbell. "We ask everyone to celebrate responsibly, starting with a plan for a sober

ride home before you leave the house."

St. Patrick's Day can be a dangerous one on America's roads due to increased alcohol consumption and drunk driving. There were 272 lives lost in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick's Day holiday between 2017 and 2021.

In addition to looking for alcohol- and cannabis-impaired drivers, the sangamon County

Sheriff's Office will step up seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat

belt usage rates are lowest. Speeding, distracted driving, and all traffic laws will be strictly


Whether attending a party, hosting friends, or going out to a bar, keep safety at the

forefront of your day and night. When it's time to leave, make sure your designated

driver is sober. Remember that walking impaired can also be dangerous, so designate a

sober friend to walk home with you. Designated drivers: Be alert for impaired walkers

who may not obey street signs.


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