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Friday, March 14, 2014


      St. Patrick's Day is Monday, March 17, and local Law Enforcement Agencies along with the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau would like to remind drivers not to get behind the wheel if they have been drinking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 269 people have been senselessly killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2007 to 2011.  Those fatalities were preventable. 

     According to NHTSA in 2011, on average, one person was killed every 53 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the United States.  Most of these crashes involved drunk drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations of .15 or higher, almost twice the legal limit of .08.  

     To prevent these tragedies from occurring, your local law enforcement agencies recommend the following steps to have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day:       

    • Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
    • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
    • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.
    • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police. You could save a life.
    • And remember, if you know people who are about to drive or ride while      impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

      Local law enforcement agencies across Central Iowa will be conducting extra enforcement in their areas on March 17 along with the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force.  Officers will be looking for drivers who are operating under the influence, exceeding the speed limit, not wearing seat belts, and other violations. As in all CITSTF projects, officers will be enforcing all traffic laws in an attempt to reduce serious injury collisions, while moving “Toward Zero Deaths”* on Iowa roadways. Feel free to contact Polk County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Brent Long with any questions, at 




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