NEWS RELEASE: March 13, 2013
FROM: The Kansas Highway Patrol
CONTACT: Lieutenant Joshua Kellerman, (785) 296-6800
Don't Rely On The Luck Of The Irish To Get You Out Of A DUI
As St. Patrick’s Day approaches this weekend on March 17, the Kansas Highway Patrol is urging party-goers to have fun, but plan ahead for a safe weekend.
People across the nation will gather to celebrate the day, and typically alcohol plays a part in these celebrations. Before you go out, or attend parties, make sure you have a safe way to get home. Law enforcement across the state will be out actively looking for impaired drivers.
It is illegal in Kansas to drive or attempt to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 or higher. Penalties for impaired driving include loss of driving privileges, fines, court costs, and possible jail time. The more severe consequences of drinking and driving include injuring or killing yourself, an occupant of your vehicle, or the occupants of another vehicle.
To celebrate safely, the Patrol suggests taking the following precautions:
- Do not drink if you're planning to drive.
- If you plan to drink, designate a non-drinking driver and give that person your keys. You should also take with you a list of numbers for cabs or friends to call for a safe, sober ride.
- Never ride with a driver who has been drinking.
- If possible, plan to spend the night at the event.
- If you are throwing a party, provide non-alcoholic alternatives, and never let guests drive drunk.
- Report impaired drivers to your local law enforcement agency. KHP can be reached at *HP (*47), and Kansas Turnpike at *KTA (*582).
- Always buckle up and properly secure children in their safety seats, this is your best defense if you're involved in a crash.