Don’t drive drunk on St. Patrick’s Day

The coronavirus pandemic might affect how St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated this year — but in addition to social distancing and mask-wearing, not driving impaired should also be on the celebration checklist.

Those planning to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day today should have a plan to get home safely.

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Make arrangements for a sober driver or driving service to get home safely.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly a third of vehicle-related fatalities were related to drunken driving. Locally, 37 of the 151 major accidents on Hawaii Island roads thus far this year have involved alcohol impairment.

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Hawaii Police Department officers will be on patrol, strictly enforcing drunken driving laws.

Remember, “buzzed driving” is drunken driving. Drive sober or get pulled over.

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