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March 12, 2013






Master Officer Leslie Sten


St. Patrick’s Day DUI enforcement efforts


As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, Master Police Officer Leslie Sten is urging motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel drunk. During this holiday, law enforcement officials in James City County will be on high alert, cracking down on drunk drivers as part of its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over public safety campaign.


“Drunk driving is dangerous, deadly and against the law – and it will not be tolerated in James City County this St. Patrick’s Day,” said Officer Sten. “Today we are giving fair warning to everyone traveling through James City County that our law enforcement officers will be out on patrol and if you are caught driving drunk you will be arrested.”


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports from 2006 to 2010,  over 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during St. Patrick’s Day holidays. On average, every 51 minutes, a person is killed in a drunk-driving crash in the United States and the majority of these crashes involve drivers who have blood alcohol concentrations of .15 grams per deciliter or higher, almost twice legal limit of .08 g/dL. 


“Whether you are gathering with friends at the local pub or attending a party, if alcohol is part of the festivities, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely,” said Sten.


MPO Sten recommends the following easy steps to have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police.
  • And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive a car or ride a motorcycle while impaired, take the keys and help thatperson make other arrangements to get to where he or she is going safely.


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