Roadside Chat - Feeling lucky? A sober ride is a sure thing.

3-17 feeling luckyThere are some things you can leave to luck but driving after you’ve been drinking isn’t one of them.

Planning ahead is the key to staying safe if you’re going to be drinking.

  • If you’re going out with a group, decide ahead of time who will be the designated driver and support that person’s choice to stay sober.
  • If you’ve been drinking and you have the option, use a taxi or rideshare to get where you need to go.
  • If you’re at a party, check with the host to see if you can just stay put and not get behind the wheel.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every day about 32 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes. That’s one person every 45 minutes. In 2020, 11,644 people died in crashes where alcohol impaired the judgment of a driver.  All these deaths were preventable.

Here’s a link to 25 fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family. If you choose to imbibe while celebrating, make sure you have a sober driver!

So far this year in Iowa, 58 people have been killed in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of 11 since last Friday. In Iowa in 2022, there were 338 traffic-related deaths. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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