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Designate a Driver for your Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations

By David Friedman, Acting Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the rich history and culture of the Irish. Regrettably, it is also a day when many make the dangerous choice of driving after they’ve been drinking.

From 2008 to 2012, drunk driving claimed 268 lives on St. Patrick’s Day alone—an average of 54 deaths on each St. Patrick’s Day in the past five years.

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Drunk driving is a crime—a crime that can rob families of loved ones and turn a day of celebration into one of mourning.

Safe driving is about personal responsibility. So, whether you’re planning an extended St. Patrick’s Day celebratory weekend, or just an outing with friends and family on Monday, plan ahead for a sober ride home.

Speak out, designate a sober driver, and share— with family, friends, and neighbors—the important safety message that drunk driving kills.

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At the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we take drunk driving seriously, and we need your help to make sure that your friends and loved ones do, too.

Please help us leverage the power of social media to warn of the dangers of drunk driving. On Wednesday, March 12, at 3 p.m. ET, we’ll be on Twitter — @NHTSA – sharing stats, tips, and ways to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day without drinking and driving.

To have the most impact in this fight to save lives, we need YOU to join us. Here’s how:

  • Follow @NHTSA on Twitter.
    When you see this hashtag—#buzzeddriving—retweet it to remind your followers that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

And, if you want to do more to fight drunk driving right now, here are a few ideas for tweets to share to get more people involved on March 12 to spread the word and save lives:

  • Don’t rely on luck to get you home safe this #StPatricksDay. Join @NHTSAgov on 3/12 @ 3pmET to talk about #buzzeddriving.

  • Get tips on how to stay safe this #StPatricksDay from @NHTSAgov. We’re joining their Twitter chat 3/12 @ 3pmET. #buzzeddriving

  • 91 people died from drunk drivers on #StPatricksDay in 2012. Save a life: join us and @NHTSAgov on 3/12 @ 3pmET. #buzzeddriving

  • Think a 4 leaf clover will get you home safe on #StPatricksDay? Join us & @NHTSAgov 3/12 @ 3pmET to find real safe ways home. #buzzeddriving

  • No matter how much green you wear, it won’t save you if you’re driving drunk. Follow #buzzeddriving & @NHTSAgov on 3/12 @ 3pmET.

The loss of life on St. Patrick’s Day—a day that should be about joy and celebration—is tragic. It’s also preventable, and it’s up to us to spread the word.

Help us let everyone know: it’s great to don the green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, but don’t even think about driving after you’ve been drinking.

For Your Health: Test Your Home for Radon

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and is estimated to be responsible for 15,000-22,000 lung cancer deaths each year. 

You can’t see, smell, or taste radon. It’s a radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of the elements uranium, thorium, and radium in soil and rock. 

Radon can be present in both outdoor and indoor air, but you’re likely to get most exposure in your own home. 

To help protect your health, you can test your home for radon and take measures to lower radon levels if needed.

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Image description: When the weather is bad, you should try to stay off the roads. But if you must drive in winter weather conditions, make sure you have emergency supplies in your car.
Use these tips from Ready.gov to make an emergency kit for you car.

Image description: When the weather is bad, you should try to stay off the roads. But if you must drive in winter weather conditions, make sure you have emergency supplies in your car.

Use these tips from Ready.gov to make an emergency kit for you car.

Image description: Large parts of the country are experiencing power outages as a result of winter weather storms. If you’re using a portable back-up generator, make sure you run it outside to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
To make sure you’re operating your generator safely:
Use it outside the house or garage
Keep it at least 20 feet away from windows, doors and vents
Use a battery operated CO detector outside bedrooms.
Never ignored a beeping CO detector. Go outside and call 911 if the alarm sounds.
Learn more about operating your portable generator safely from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Image description: Large parts of the country are experiencing power outages as a result of winter weather storms. If you’re using a portable back-up generator, make sure you run it outside to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

To make sure you’re operating your generator safely:

  • Use it outside the house or garage
  • Keep it at least 20 feet away from windows, doors and vents
  • Use a battery operated CO detector outside bedrooms.
  • Never ignored a beeping CO detector. Go outside and call 911 if the alarm sounds.

Learn more about operating your portable generator safely from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.