It's St. Patrick's Day and people are out celebrating their Irish' roots, but police warn this is one of the highest DUI holidays. The Tennessee Highway Patrol and area law enforcement agencies are teaming to keep drunk drivers off the road.
Last year, 13 people died in vehicular crashes during the St. Patty’s Day holiday period. Of the 13 fatalities, six were vehicle occupants and four (66.7 percent) were not wearing safety restraints. Five of the vehicular deaths were motorcycle riders and two were all-terrain vehicle occupants. Four of the fatalities (30.8 percent) occurred in an alcohol-related crash.
The 48-hour St. Patrick's holiday period began Sunday and continues until midnight tonight.