COLUMBIA, Mo. - St. Patrick's Day is one of the largest holidays, and also one of the deadliest.
Here are the statistics:
Jefferson City Police Department released a report in 2016, there were 60 people killed in drunk-driving crashes during St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend nationwide.
In Missouri, in 2016, there were 179 people killed and 643 seriously injured on Missouri roadways involving at least one substance impaired driver.
Missouri Highway Patrol told ABC 17 that there were two fatalities statewide and three crashes and eight injuries in Central Missouri last year.
The JCPD gave some tips for St. Patrick's Day Celebrators:
- If you plan to drink, do not drive. It is not worth the risk
- Before going out, choose a designated driver. By designated driver, they mean someone who drinks no alcohol
- Do not get into a vehicle where the driver has been drinking. Convince the driver that driving is a mistake
- Hosts of parties should include alcohol-free beverages
- Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.
- Wear your seatbelt - it is the best defense against an impaired driver