The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office, along with the Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau are urging partiers during the upcoming St. Patrick's Day Weekend to find a safe ride home if they plan on consuming alcohol.
Before you decide to go out and drink, line up a designated, sober driver, utilize the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau and Iowa AAA's Tow to Go Program, or find an alternative ride home.
St. Patrick's Day is one of the deadliest holidays in America. Last year, there wer zero fatalities in Iowa of their St. Patrick's Day Holiday, March 17-20, but there were 458 crashes resulting in 756 injuries, of which 16 were serious in nature. A majority of those serious crashes on St. Patrick's Day happened between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m.
No matter if you choose to drink, or be the designated driver, remember that wearing your seat belt will provide the most protection in the event you don't have the "Luck of the Irish" and are involved in a crash.
Working together, we can make this St. Patrick's Day holiday a safe one and again, have zero fatalities.