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3/17/10

DPS encourages responsible St. Patrick's celebrations

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - You'll probably see a lot of folks wearing green today, but if you decide to take your Saint Patrick's Day celebration further, the Department of Public Safety warns folks to be responsible. One of the biggest messages from DPS is if you choose to head out and have a green beer or cocktail, make sure you don't drink and drive.

Corporal John Gonzalez tells us that DPS has more patrols out this week due to spring break, and the vacation may bring more folks out tonight.  Troopers will be on patrol looking for all violators, including DWI.

Gonzalez reminds folks to designate a sober driver. He also reminds those who host parties at their home to be responsible for their guests. "You do have responsibility just like a bar owner. When you're serving alcohol, they're responsible to say no you can't drink anymore, you shouldn't drink anymore," Gonzalez said. 

We checked, and according to TxDOT records there have been 23 fatal accident on the Saint Patrick's Day holiday in the past five years in Texas. We checked the day of and the day after, because statistics show the most common time for an alcohol related accident is after 2:00 a.m.

Gonzalez says because the holiday falls in the middle of the week, folks may wait to celebrate until this weekend, so DPS encourages safe celebrations all around.

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