The Irish St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Means Increased DUI Patrols

By Garth O'Brien | March 16, 2008 
Filed Under Announcements

Green Chicago RiverTomorrow, St. Patrick’s Day, is a glorious day for the Irish and Irish descendants worldwide. St. Paddy’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland celebrating Saint Patrick for five straight days. Although, it is not an official holiday in the United States it is still celebrated with intense vigor and enthusiasm. Droves of Irish-Americans will be missing from work tomorrow, and will be found marching in a parade or hoisting a Guinness. There will be parades galore rolling through the downtown streets of Seattle, Boston, New York and many other metropolises. Our Irish brothers and sisters in Chicago transform the Chicago River each year in St. Patrick’s honor. The Chicago River will flow green all day.

However, other liquids will be flowing en mass tomorrow as well. The liquid gold of Harp or Irish whiskey will compliment oceans of consumed Guinness. With the large increase in consumption comes the increased likelihood of drunk driving. Law enforcement agencies everywhere are aware of this negative St. Paddy’s Day side effect. The police will ratchet up their usual DUI patrols, and they will be making arrest after arrest keeping our roadways safe. Do not ruin your St. Paddy’s Day celebration ending up in the back of a patrol car or jail. Please do not end the celebration of another Irish-American by crashing into them and causing their death because you are driving drunk. Take a taxi, call a sober friend, stay at your friend’s home or get a hotel room, but do not drink and drive. Thank you and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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