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Virginia Authorities warn of St. Patrick’s Day dangers

Virginia State Police (VSP) and authorities across the state are posting reminders to be cautious Fri. Mar. 17 during St. Patrick’s day and NCAA tournament celebrations.

The fact that both fall on a Friday could lead to a full weekend of revelry.

VSP reports by email that St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the year’s most dangerous times on the roads.

In 2022 St. Patrick’s Day resulted in five traffic fatalities and 72 individuals injured in alcohol related crashes in Virginia alone.

Authorities are reminding citizens to appoint a designated sober driver or use public transportation or ride share before drinking.

Also remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving and even walking while intoxicated can be deadly.

If you see a drunk driver you are asked to report it to 911 or use #77 on a cellphone.

Make arrangements to get someone who has been drinking home and take their keys.

If you have not been drinking and do drive, be extra cautious and attentive for pedestrians and vulnerable road users.

Be aware that extra police patrols will be out through midnight Mar. 19 this year.

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