MAYVILLE – With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s office is urging residents to remember ‘Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving’.
In an effort to keep the community safe, Chautauqua County is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to spread awareness about the dangers of drunk driving.
Sheriff James Quattrone says even one drink can be one too many.
“We understand people are looking for a reason to celebrate, and we want our community members to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, but we also want to impress upon everyone the importance of safe driving,” said Quattrone.
According to NHTSA, 10,142 people were killed due to drunk-driving crashes in 2019, thus why the sheriff’s department is stressing sober driving.
“If you’ve been drinking, make the right choice to find a sober driver to get you and your friends home safely. Before you put your keys in the ignition, remind yourself: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving,” explained Quattrone
Having a good time is fine, Quattrone says, as long as you’re responsible.
“Drunk drivers are a continuing problem on our nation’s roads, especially around days like St.Patrick’s Day,” Quattrone continued. “People need to know that they can go out for a night of fun and return home safely by ensuring they have a sober driver take them home. Don’t be the reason someone — including yourself — doesn’t get home. Don’t let St. Patrick’s Day became the anniversary of a tragic night.”
All designated drivers should be prepared to uphold the responsibility to insure yourself and your passengers safety. The Sheriff’s office encourages all to follow their ‘Plan a Sober Ride’ outline.
Plan a Sober Ride:
- Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement office or call 911.
- Do you have a friend who has been drinking and is about to drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
For more information about the Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving campaign, visit www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving.