Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa public safety officials are issuing a warning about the upcoming holiday.
There are all kinds of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations planned around the state over the next several days and that can lead to a dangerous situation on roadways. Alex Murphy, with the Iowa Department of Public Safety, cites 2014 figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
That figure rose to 50-percent between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. Murphy warns that extra police and state troopers will be patrolling Iowa’s roadways between now and Saturday — watching for impaired drivers. There have already been 57 fatalities from traffic crashes in Iowa this year. That’s 19 more than the same period in 2015. Murphy says a lot of lives could be saved if more motorists buckled up.
Federal officials report pedestrians walking while intoxicated are also at risk of getting hit by a vehicle. In 2014, 35-percent of the pedestrians killed in crashes had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, according to the NHTSA.