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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>

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ASHEVILLE POLICE DEPT. NEWS RELEASE

APD urges St. Patrick’s Day Safety,
‘Booze It & Lose It’ Campaign Underway

ASHEVILLE – For many, St. Patrick’s Day is a popular night out to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, due to the large number of impaired drivers, the holiday has also become very dangerous.

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

Here are some tips on how to enjoy a safe St. Patrick’s Day without jeopardizing your safety and that of the others on the road:
* Celebrate without alcohol. Going out on St. Patrick's Day can be somewhat of a nuisance for those who don't desire to drink. Instead, stay home and have a non-alcoholic party at your place.
* If you do plan to imbibe, designate a sober driver and give that person your keys;
* If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
* If you to see a drunk driver on the road, immediately contact your local law enforcement;
* If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they’re going safely.

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