St. Pat’s Day Safety Enforcement

The Iowa Department of Public Safety has a message for Saint Patrick’s Day revelers: celebrate responsibly.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in 2013, 40 percent of all crash fatalities during the Saint Patrick’s Day weekend involved drunk drivers. That number rose to 55 percent in the post-party hours of midnight to 6:00 a.m. March 18th. Officials say nearly 75 percent of those fatalities involved drivers who were twice over the legal limit.

The agency says over the last four years, nationwide, drunk driving kills on average 68 people each Saint Patrick’s Day weekend. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says additional officers are on the road beginning Friday and continuing through Tuesday, March 17th.