THP: Don't depend on dumb luck, designate a driver for St. Patty's day parties

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- If you're thinking green this weekend, think about a designated driver, too.

That's the message from the Tennessee Department of Safety.

"Don’t rely on the luck of the Irish," said Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell. "Act responsibly and use a designated driver or sober friend to get you home from the celebration.”

More than 50 sobriety and driver license checkpoints are planned this weekend.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, last year on St. Patrick’s Day, 44% of the drivers and motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above.

Last year, there were ten fatalities on Tennessee roadways during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

“If you decide to drink and drive, know that State Troopers will be out in force looking for you,” stresses Highway Patrol Commander Mike Walker. “Buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you get caught, you will go to jail, and a pot of gold and a little jig won’t help you.”

THP says their stepped up enforcement will continue throughout the Easter holiday.