Designate a sober driver on St. Patrick's Day

Designate a sober driver on St. Patrick's Day

With St. Patrick's Day, one of the biggest party nights of the year, falling on a Saturday, law enforcement agencies are planning on beefing up patrols and DUI checkpoints.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 39 percent of vehicle crash fatalities during the 2016 St. Patrick's Day enforcement period involved drunken drivers.

The St. Patrick's Day weekend enforcement period a year ago yielded 607 arrests related to impaired driving from alcohol, marijuana and other drugs.

With an increase in impaired drivers expected throughout the state this weekend, state police will be conducting saturation patrols at each of the 23 barracks focusing on impaired, aggressive, and distracted driving.

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The legal blood alcohol content limit in Colorado is 0.05 percent for driving while ability impaired (DWAI) and 0.08 percent for driving under the influence (DUI).

This enforcement campaign is done in partnership with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Cleveland County Sheriff's Office and ENDUI Oklahoma. "If you feel a buzz, you are in no shape to drive". Instead of driving, police recommend that someone who has been drinking use Uber or Lyft ride-sharing services, take a taxi or call a sober friend.

Plan a way to get home or designate a sober driver in advance.

Police said they will also be cracking down on distracted driving and issuing tickets for drivers who are caught using handheld electronic devices.

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