Police Host Don’t Press Your Luck Anti-Drunk Driving Event

Published on March 03, 2022

ARLINGTON, Va. – Each year, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated across the Country with parades, leprechaun hats, and plenty of green beer. Unfortunately, it often ends with risky drunk drivers taking to the streets when the parties end. This St. Patrick’s Day, the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) is reminding you that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. If you plan to go out and enjoy the evening with alcohol, make sure you plan ahead with a sober ride home.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18), almost half (46%) of crash fatalities nationwide involved a drunk driver. In fact, from 2015 to 2019, a total of 280 lives were lost in drunk-driving crashes nationwide during the St. Patrick’s Day period. For this reason, ACPD is hosting an interactive event highlighting the dangers of drunk driving -- because even one drink can be one too many.

Don’t Press Your Luck Event Information

On Friday, March 18 from 8-10 p.m., join officers on N. Hudson Street at Wilson Boulevard in Clarendon for the Don’t Press Your Luck anti-drunk driving event. This event is free and open to the public and is designed to highlight the effect alcohol has on motor skills.

Motorists should be on the lookout for temporary “No Parking” signs in the event area. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed or towed. If your vehicle is towed from a public street, call the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222.

SoberRide® Program

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s (WRAP) 2022 St. Patrick's Day SoberRide® program, in partnership with Lyft, will be offered from 4:00 p.m. Thursday, March 17 until 4:00 a.m. Friday, March 18, 2022. For additional information on WRAP's program to ensure area residents have a safe way home on high-risk holidays, visit their website.

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