St. Patrick's Day, a religious holiday that celebrates the patron saint of Ireland, has become a day for revelry and partying. Leading up to the St. Patrick's Day holiday, will don their green, white and orange to celebrate. If your celebration involves alcohol at a local parade, pub or party, no luck of the Irish will protect you from the dangers presented by drunk or impaired drivers.
In fact, it has become one of the biggest drinking days of the year. The road safety office of Mayo County Council, Marian Uí Mháille Oifig na Gaeilge and An Garda Síochána are partnering throughout the County this week and through St. Patrick's Day to encourage everyone celebrating to act responsibly and designate a sober driver. St Patrick's day falls in Seachtain na Gaeilge so the message is Go dté tú slán! Arrive alive! which will be displayed around the County on VMS roadside signs and Leprechauns are coming out of the woodwork to assist road safety professionals and the gardai in Co Mayo to spread the road safety message in novel road safety campaign. In a build up to the celebrations of St patricks day , Leprechaun cut-outs /Selfie boards are been set up around the county in pubs.
The idea is for customers to get their pictures taken as a Leprechaun, tweet it out or share it on Facebook, and create some buzz about not being buzzed behind the wheel.
No amount of luck can save you from a drunk-driving crash. Everyone must do their part to help keep roads safe this St. Patrick's Day. The message is simple: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
"Get ahead of the decision this year. If you know you're going to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with alcohol, then figure out a plan ahead of time for how you'll get home," said Noel Gibbons road safety officer said . "Choose a taxi, public transportation, or a sober friend you trust, to get you home safely."
Bhí an méid a leanas le rá ag Marian Uí Mháille, Oifig na Gaeilge: "Beidh Seachtain na Gaeilge ar siúl ó 1 Márta go 17 Márta, agus is deis iontach í ár dteanga, cultúr agus oidhreacht a cheiliúradh. Ná déan dearmad - Go dté tú slán! Arrive Alive!"
"Seachtain na Gaeilge runs from 1 March to 17 March. This gives us a great opportunity to celebrate our language, culture and heritage. Remember - Go dté tú slán! Arrive Alive! said Marian Uí Mháille, Oifig na Gaeilge.
"St. Patrick's Day can be a great time for family and friends to gather in celebration when safe plans are made before going out," said Inspector Dermot J Butler with An Garda Síochána
Cathoirleach of Mayo County Council Councillor Al McDonnell (pictured in the selvie board) said
"We want to remind motorists of the dangers of driving under the influence. It could be your life or the life of another that you save by taking the time to designate a driver."
If you are hosting a party:
o Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.
o Serve lots of food - and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
o Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving impaired.
If you are attending a party:
o Designate your sober driver BEFORE the party begins and give that person your car keys.
o If you do not have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home. Call a taxi, sober friend, family member to pick you up or use public transportation if available. Or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober and are legally fit to drive.
o Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired.