"Don't Depend On Dumb Luck"- AAA

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There are several agencies out patrolling from Virginia State Police and Richmond Police to the Fan District Association's Party Patrol, keeping an eye out for drunk drivers.

But while businesses in the Fan can only report what they see, police will make an arrest.

"We're going to have quite a few check-points throughout the city tonight so you'll definitely see check-points, you'll definitely see saturated patrols in various areas," said Michael Shamus, Commander for Special Operations Division of Richmond P.D.

AAA released some hard numbers today. Going back to St. Patrick's Day 2008, nationwide, 37 percent of traffic fatalities involved a drunk driver. In Virginia alone there were 45 alcohol-related crashes on the holiday.

These numbers are much too real for Jim Porter who now after two serious accidents has dedicated his time driving drunk people home.

"I've spent almost 2 years at MCV learning how to walk again, learning how to move my face, chew food, complete a sentence," said Porter.

Every weekend night you can catch Porter's To The Bottom And Back bus on either Cary or Main street.

"We'll run a couple hundred people around town at night and if you come downtown or Cary town and you don't take your car the chances of you driving after you've been drinking are close to slim," said Porter.

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