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St. Patty's Day Reminder
We're All Irish Today, But...
*WHEN CELEBRATING THE GOOD LUCK OF BEING IRISH AND ALIVE THIS ST. PATRICK'S DAY, the police remind everyone to avoid the drinking and the driving thang. | No one wants to be designated driver on St. Patty's day, but then again there's good reason why (see APD news release below) | For a list of cabbies who can put the fun right back into the drive home, Click Here> | For places that the cabbies can easily find you, Click Here> | Don't forget to tip one for recently deceased mountain legend and moonshiner Popcorn Sutton: Click Here> | For some Irish jokes and a little history lesson about Ireland, Click Here>
ASHEVILLE POLICE DEPT. NEWS RELEASE
APD urges St. Patrick’s Day Safety,
That’s why the Asheville Police Department on Friday will kick off participation in the 2009 St. Patrick’s Day “Booze it & Lose It” campaign as part of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.
The initiative runs March 13-17.
During last March’s campaign, officers made 22 DWI arrests and assessed a total of 342 traffic/criminal charges stemming solely from checkpoints in Buncombe County.
The APD’s Traffic Safety Unit will also put a special emphasis on daytime DWI enforcement during this campaign, with several road checks beginning Friday.
On St. Patrick’s Day 2007, nearly half (44%) of the 105 drivers and motorcyclists involved in the fatal crashes across the U.S. had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above. (In most states a person is considered legally intoxicated if his or her BAC is .08 or greater.)
Some 487 North Carolinians died as a result of alcohol-related crashes in 2007, and more than 9,000 were seriously injured.
We urge everyone celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to have a plan for a safe and sober ride.
Drunken Driving Prevention