Be safe on St. Patrick’s Day: Celebrate responsibly

Millions of adults will celebrate St. Patrick ’s Day this year with parties and parades. But it takes more than the luck of the Irish to make sure everyone who revels gets home safely.

That’s why Dichello Distributors Inc., the local Anheuser-Busch distributor, is working with area bars and restaurants to encourage revelers 21 and older to celebrate responsibly and designate a driver or make plans for a safe ride home.

Thanks to efforts like these and increased law enforcement, drunk-driving fatalities have declined 52% since 1982, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

We hope all residents will join us in celebrating responsibly on St. Patrick’s Day. After all, these roads are our roads and it’s our shared responsibility to keep them safe.

Tony Lota is alcohol awareness coordinator at Dichello Distributors Inc. in Orange, Conn.