St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching. March 17 people all across the nation will be celebrating this holiday. Law enforcement will be out across the nation trying to keep the people safe. The Patrol’s Breath Alcohol Unit (BAU) will be out in numerous communities throughout the state assisting different agencies with zero-tolerance law enforcement.

“Law enforcement officers throughout the state will be actively enforcing the laws relating to alcohol consumption and DUI,” Patrol Superintendent Colonel Terry Maple said.

In 2008, there were six fatal crashes on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Of those six crashes, three were alcohol related.

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.

*Always buckle up and properly secure children in their safety seats, this is your best defense if you’re involved in a crash.