Tim Wiederaenders: On St. Patrick’s Day, don’t count on luck - be safe

March 19, 2019

With all of the green shamrocks, don’t count on luck to get you home.

Almost 30 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes every day — that’s one person every 48 minutes. In 2017, there were 10,874 deaths from alcohol-impaired driving crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. Get or be a designated driver, and celebrate safely this year.

Remember, there is no safe level of alcohol you can consume before getting behind the wheel of a car. Anyone with a 0.08 blood alcohol level can show impairment – such as proper braking, steering, lane changing, making judgments, and maintaining attention.

Tim Wiederaenders is a former Lake Havasu City resident and current senior news editor at the Prescott Daily Courier, a sister newspaper of Today’s News-Herald.