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St. Patrick's Day " Drive Sober or get Pulled Over"
The Ocala Police Department announces its participation in the St. Patrick’s Day 2012 Impaired Driving Prevention Campaign
St. Patrick’s Day 2012 Impaired Driving Prevention Campaign

The Ocala Police Department announces its participation in the St. Patrick’s Day 2012 Impaired Driving Prevention Campaign which runs from March 10th through the 17th. This is part of the “Drive Sober or get Pulled Over” national campaigns the Ocala Police Department is supporting in its commitment to traffic safety and the prevention of crashes and deaths on our roads. Plans for this event include providing additional patrols focused on identifying and arresting impaired drivers throughout this weeklong period and into the weekend of March 17th when the City of Ocala hosts the annual Ocala St. Patrick’s Day Festival. March 16th, members of the Ocala Police Department will conduct a Comprehensive Roadside Safety Checkpoint operation. The checkpoint will be held in the 700 block of S Magnolia Ave. from 10:30 PM until 2:00 AM.

For many Americans, St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular night out to celebrate with friends and family. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of drunk drivers, the night out has also become very dangerous. The Ocala Police Department urges citizens to enjoy the festivities of this holiday in a responsible manner and remember some important safety tips:

• Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
• Before drinking, please 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 another alternative form of transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
• If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;
• And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

For other information on preventing impaired driving, please contact the Ocala Police Department or log on to www.stopimpairedriving.org or www.nhtsa.gov .

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