RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Celebrations are planned for St. Patrick's Day and you can't depend on luck to keep you safe.
Last year, there were 45 alcohol-related crashes on Virginia roadways during this holiday and some of those were deadly.
Now police will be out conducting DUI checkpoints and patrols all throughout central Virginia.
So, if you're going to drink have a plan in place before you head out the door. If a designated driver isn't an option, take a cab or even the bus - the new big green bus that travels back and forth from Carytown to Shockoe Bottom. It'll take you to the bottom and back tonight for free. You can check out the route under All Access.
If you plan to stay in and have a party, remember to be a responsible host. Make sure all your guests designate sober drivers in advance or help arrange a safe option.
Stop serving alcohol at least an hour before your guests start to leave and keep the numbers for cab companies handy. Also don't be afraid to take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.
Those safety tips come straight from the Virginia state police and AAA and will make the roads a lot less dangerous.