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The Resource Training Center Urges Celebrants to Drive Sober on St. Patrick’s Day
The Resource Training Center Urges Celebrants to Drive Sober on St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick's Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold and good luck. But no amount of luck can save you from a drunk-driving crash. Unfortunately, March 17 has become a deadly day in the United States with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities, according to Monica Farrar, program director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2013, 40 percent of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. The night of March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day — was especially bad. In the post-celebration hours between midnight and 5:59 a.m. March 18, half of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. And we’re not just talking about a little bit too much to drink here; from 2009 to 2013, almost three-fourths of the drunk-driving fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day involved drivers who were twice the legal limit! 

“All in all, during the St. Patty’s Day period from 2009 to 2013, there have been 276 drunk-driving fatalities,” said Farrar. “Every one of those lives was lost because of bad decisions. Therefore, I urge everyone to get ahead of the decision this year. If you know you’re going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with alcohol, figure out a plan ahead of time for how you’ll get home. Don’t wait until you’re too buzzed to decide, and don’t let your friends drive drunk. Count on a sober friend, taxi or public transportation to drive you home safely.”

Before you take your first sip of green beer this year, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. If you’re the designated driver, don’t drink! Enjoy non-alcoholic beverages and brag about your VIP (very important partygoer) status online using the hashtag #designateddriver. 

“Drunk driving has fatal consequence,” added Farrar. “If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police immediately. You could save a life!”

Located in the Harlem Road Community Center at 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst, The Resource Training Center offers a wide variety of services, including the New York State Drinking Driver Program for individuals convicted of an alcohol- or drug-related driving violation, and Alive at 25, a unique program that teaches young drivers to change how they approach driving through role playing, workbook exercises, interactive media segments and more.

For more information, please call 983-2258, email info@wnyresourcetraining.org or visit www.wnyresourcetraining.org. You can also follow The Resource Training Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Resource-Training-Center/112019195650348 or Twitter (@monica_farrar).


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