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Safe Ride Promotes Safe St. Patrick’s Day -- 2.13.2012

COLUMBUS PUBLIC HEALTH – Media Advisory
For March 13, 2012

Central Ohio Safe Ride to Promote Safe St. Patrick’s Day
Group Urges Revelers to Plan Ahead to Prevent Impaired Driving


WHAT:  
The Shamrock Club of Columbus, medical professionals and public health officials will promote how to safely plan for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

WHO:
Representatives of Central Ohio Safe Ride, a program of Columbus Public Health’s Franklin County Safe Communities, and members of The Shamrock Club of Columbus.

WHEN: 
5 p.m. Tuesday, March 13th

WHERE: 
Fado Irish Pub, Easton Towne Center
(Parking in front of the location and free parking lot directly across)

DETAILS: 
Central Ohio Safe Ride is a joint community program working to prevent impaired driving in Franklin County. The program promotes responsible serving and provides vouchers to be used towards taxi fare. 

Members of The Shamrock Club will speak about what St. Patrick’s Day means and why people celebrate the day. They also will discuss why they are members of Central Ohio Safe Ride and what they do to promote safe, responsible drinking among members.

The group will encourage people to plan ahead for the celebration by:
  
• Taking cash out the day before for cab money
• Meeting as a group at a friends home and all taking a cab from there
• Taking a cab initially so there will be no temptation to drive
• Drinking responsibly and being safe while walking

In a two year period, DUI arrests increased in Franklin County.  In 2010, there were 6,161 DUI arrests compared to 7,078 last year.

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