Public Safety Chief Frank Fernandez offered the following information ahead of the holiday weekend:
St. Patrick’s Day safety tips Capital University DPS Division of Police
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays due to the number of drunk drivers on the road. If you are driving, remember you are responsible for the safety of everyone in the car. Never drink and drive.
If you are of legal age and you plan to drink:
- Set a “party safe” goal for how many drinks you are going to have. Tell a friend the limit, count your drinks, and stick to your goal.
- Remember that famous expression, HALT. Do not drink if you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired. HALT drinking if any of those apply.
- Do not gulp your drinks; you will get drunk faster. In addition, it does not look cool. Drink slowly and make it last.
- Do not drink on an empty stomach. Always eat before you drink … a full meal. Stay hydrated.
- Alternate between alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages. Keeping water with you is always a good choice.
- Do not encourage or approve reckless and irresponsible behavior caused by intoxication.
- Before you celebrate, designate. Take turns with friends so everyone gets to be it!
- Remember, saying “no” is fine. Look around; you will be surprised that many folks choose not to drink alcoholic beverages.
- Remember, you are responsible for your decisions about when to drink and how much to drink. You are equally responsible for all of the consequences that may result from making poor decisions when it comes to drinking alcohol.
- Think before you drink. Alcohol may not always affect you in the same way. If you are upset, stressed out, tired, or angry, alcohol may have a stronger impact than it might normally have.
Have a plan for getting home safely
If you are going out to a bar or party, ensure everyone in your group has a safe means of returning home. Select a designated driver, or arrange a ride.
Use the buddy system
Plan ahead, and take a trusted friend who has your best interests in mind, and stay together! Look out for the safety of your friends and talk to them about doing the same for you.
Leave valuables at home
Make sure you do not leave valuables unattended. The best way to keep your possessions safe is to leave them secured at home. It reduces the chance they will be lost or taken from you. If a party is being hosted at your home, also be sure to lock up your valuables.
Stay by your drinks
Even if you are not drinking alcohol, it is easy for someone to put something in your drink unless you see it opened or prepared. Keep your drink with you at all times.
Have fun celebrating St. Paddy’s Day. By following the tips above, you can help make this weekend more fun and safe for everyone.
Call 911 in an emergency or 614-236-6666 to reach the Capital University Division of Police.