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Designate a driver for this weekend's festivities


With St. Patrick's Day falling on a Saturday this year, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety is advising people who are planning to drink to make sure that they plan ahead so they aren't drinking and driving. Police officers are going to be out in full force to stop drunk drivers.

Last year during the St. Patrick's Day weekend, there were five fatalities on New Jersey roads as well as three pedestrian fatalities.

Officers are also encouraging motorists to be aware of extra pedestrian traffic over the weekend and encouraging those that are intoxicated and walking, that the safest way for them to get home is by taking a cab or having a designated driver.

The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control is going to have enforcement teams at bars and restaurants over the weekend as well, to make sure that these establishments are carding everyone and not serving customers who are obviously intoxicated. They are reminding these establishments that it is their responsibility to be aware of the amount of alcohol that is being consumed by individuals and that they shouldn't be serving intoxicated people.

If you are partaking in the St. Patrick's Day celebrations there are few things you should keep in mind to ensure that this is a safe and fun weekend:

  • Designate a driver or plan to take mass transit or a cab to take you home.
  • Report suspected drunk drivers and pedestrians to law enforcement.
  • Don't let your friends drive drunk.

The goal of these extra patrols and enforcement is for the safety of everyone. Law enforcement wants people to go out and have a good time, but to be smart about it.

Source:, "Traffic Safety and Alcohol Officials Call for Responsibility During St. Patrick's Day Weekend," Mar. 15, 2012

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