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For many Americans, St. Patrick’s Day has become synonymous with drinking. Unfortunately, that means that drunk drivers have made the holiday very dangerous.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 269 people were killed by drunk drivers on St. Patrick’s Day over the years 2007 – 2011, and there were 45 people killed in 2011 alone.

The next tragic thing about these fatalities is that they were 100 percent preventable. Whether you are hanging out with friends at a pub after work or attending a local party, make sure to also plan ahead with a non-drinking designated driver if your plans include alcohol.

You can get your friends home safely this St. Patrick’s Day — just Give the Gift of a Designated Driver to someone you love. Don’t Press Your Luck!

Margaret Brackett

MADD Newberry County

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