ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Ohio State Highway Patrol wants to remind drivers to be safe this St. Patrick’s Day.
On Sunday, March 17th people will be in their festive clothing, drinking green beer and celebrating the holiday accordingly. Zanesville Post Commander Lieutenant Matt Boyd said he wants people to have fun but remember to be safe.
“We know they’re going to be going out and having a lot of green beer and doing a lot of celebrating so we just want to make sure that they plan ahead,” Lieutenant Boyd said. “Designated sober driver, use a ride service, you know there’s a lot of ride services Taxi’s, Lyft, Uber and of course they can always call a friend or stay at a friends house.”
Lieutenant Boyd said they expect the entire weekend to be busy so there will be extra patrol cars out starting Friday. Last year during St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Muskingum and Coshocton County there were 12 crashes, three of them were injury accidents and the other nine were property crashes.
“Every life is precious and we don’t want anybody to think that they’re going to be able to go out and take the chance and not get involved in a crash because you never know when that’s going to happen,” Lieutenant Boyd said.
Some signs of driving while intoxicated are driving out of marked lanes, sitting through green traffic signals, excessive speeding, driving under the limit, driving the wrong way on a one-way street or running stop signs. If you see any of these signs and believe the person is a danger to everyone on road, contact the Ohio State Highway Patrol at #677.