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Don't Get a DUI This St. Paddy's Day!

St Paddy's Day is one of the top holidays we look forward to for celebration because everybody is Irish for the day. Even though St. Patrick's Day falls on Monday this year, there will be hundreds of leprechaun parties with green beer and thousands of people dressed in leprechaun costumes drinking shots of Irish whiskey and participating in group folk singing. St. Paddy's Day is a holiday for everyone from every ethnicity to enjoy the culture of the Emerald Isle.

There is no reason not to have fun on your favorite holiday, but in Central Florida, the key is to be responsible and not get a DUI on St. Paddy's Day. It is a well-known fact that law enforcement brings a high number of officers on duty to patrol.

Detecting Intoxicated Drivers on the Road

Orange County Police Patrol is alerted by several signs that point to driver who may be intoxicated or otherwise distracted. If you see a vehicle driving irresponsibly, call law enforcement, but stay behind their vehicle. Here are seven signs.

1. Swerving
2. Making wide turns
3. Driving on the wrong side of the street
4. Ignoring traffic signals
5. Sudden braking or making sharp turns
6. Diving extremely slowly or stopping without cause
7. Not using headlights at night.

Safety Tips

When you know that you will exceed the limit of drinking one glass of beer/wine per hour, there are tips that can be used to prevent a DUI arrest and/or accident. All are common sense, but if you drank to much green beer, your common sense might become really uncommon. The penalties for a DUI are serious in Central Florida, and no one wants to be arrested for a DUI because you thought the cops would never catch you.
Look at these tips before going out, and decide on the one you will use before leaving the house.

1. Be Responsible and plan ahead.
2. If you are lucky enough to have a designated driver, use them.
3. Leave the vehicle overnight and pick it up in the morning.
4. Make sure to eat and drink water as the night progresses.
5. Make a decision not to drive after drinking. Call a Taxi; it will save money in the long run. 

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