DMV urges Virginia drivers to stay safe on St. Patrick’s Day

Tips from the DMV on how to plan ahead

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St. Patrick’s Day is this Thursday, and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is warning drivers to make smart decisions while celebrating.

This includes designating a sober driver, taking public transportation or coordinating rides through a taxi or rideshare service.

“Never rely on luck to get you home safely if your St. Patrick’s Day celebration includes alcohol,” said acting DMV commissioner Linda Ford, the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “Make a plan for a sober ride home before the celebration begins and stick to your plan at the end of the night.”

According to the DMV, there were 128 alcohol-related crashes, 69 injuries and four deaths around the holiday last year.

Those caught drinking and driving can face jail time, lose their driver’s license and be charged with heavy fees.

Whether you plan to celebrate or not, make sure to stay aware of your surroundings while on the road this week.