Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day but Avoid DUI, Group Says

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations planned across the region Thursday (March 17, 2022), representatives of the state Transportation Department, state and municipal police, a county district attorney, and the Pennsylvania DUI Association gathered to warn against driving while impaired by alcohol or other substances.

“We understand people are looking for a reason to celebrate. We want our community members to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, but we also want to impress upon everyone the importance of safe driving,” association program administrator Shawn Noonan said Monday (March 14).

The group’s message also emphasized tips to ensure public safety, and the need to have sober individuals behind steering wheels. “We’re not saying don’t drink alcohol, but if you do drink, give the keys to someone else,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer urged.

Law enforcement involvement also indicated the likelihood of increased DUI-related patrols attending the holiday. Preliminary PennDOT data shows that, during the 12-hour St. Patrick’s Day holiday period last year (2021), there were 213 crashes involving an impaired driver, resulting in nine related deaths.

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