Police initiate St. Patrick's Day safety program

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

By Shavonne Potts
Salisbury Police urge motorists to drive responsibly this St. Patrick’s Day.
The department is urging the public to help keep the streets safe by also designating a sober driver before heading to the local parade or pub.
Officers will be cracking down as part of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s St. Patrick’s Day Booze It & Lose It campaign.
There were 156 alcohol related crashes on North Carolina roads last St. Patrick’s Day weekend, which ended in four fatalities and 120 injuries, this according to the Division of Motor Vehicles.
The campaign began Friday and ends Tuesday on St. Patrick’s Day. There will be increased patrols and checkpoints statewide throughout the weekend.
“If you plan on drinking, be responsible and take appropriate precautions,” said Salisbury Police Chief Mark Wilhelm.
The Salisbury Police recommend the following tips:
– Plan a safe way home before celebrations begin.
– If you plan to get a ride home with someone, designate a sober driver.
– If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or public transporation.
– If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call local law enforcement.
– If you know someone who is about to drive or ride their motorcycle while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements.