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Friday March 17th, 2023 :: 10:53 a.m. EDT


Hawthorne Police Department Traffic Bureau Saint Patrick’s Day Safety.

Hawthorne Police Department Traffic Bureau
Saint Patrick’s Day Safety Tips
With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Friday this year, that means more parties throughout the weekend. St. Patrick’s Day can be a fun time to have a pint with a pal but, remember, getting behind the wheel when intoxicated is no way to celebrate. Driving drunk is a choice - a choice with deadly consequences for you, your passengers and every other motorist sharing the road with you. Never drive drunk or under the influence of drugs.

Safety isn’t about luck. If you’re going to party, party with a plan:
  • Ensure you have a designated sober driver, a plan to use public transportation or a ride share service BEFORE any drinking begins.
  • Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Be honest with yourself and know that even if you only plan on having one drink, you should plan on having a designated driver.
  • Walking while intoxicated can also be deadly. Being under the influence can cause a lack of attention to surroundings and put pedestrians at risk of being hit by a vehicle.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, pull over safely and dial #77 on a cell phone or call 911.
  • If you know someone who has been drinking and is about to drive, take the keys and make arrangements to get them home safely.
  • If you are driving, keep an eye out for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users on the roadways.
For Pedestrians:
  • Avoid walking home when you’re intoxicated. Alcohol impairment leads to risky behaviors like crossing against signals, or walking too close to oncoming traffic. If you’ve had too much to drink, have someone escort you home, or call a cab.
  • Stay alert. Don’t talk or text on your cell phone while navigating through the streets. Pedestrian inattention is a common cause of pedestrian-motor vehicle conflicts.
  • Wear bright-colored, reflectorized clothing, especially at night.
  • Walk on sidewalks or paths and always cross at the corner, within marked crosswalks if provided. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and make eye contact with motorists.
  • Never cross mid-block (unless within a marked crosswalk), between parked cars or by climbing over median barriers. This is not only unsafe, but against the law.
The driver is safer when the roads are dry, the roads are safer when the driver is dry.”

Borough of Hawthorne NJ
Hawthorne Municipal Complex
Hawthorne, NJ 07506

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 973-427-1168

Hawthorne Police Department
Traffic Bureau
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