WisDOT and State Patrol offer St. Patrick’s Day safety tips

File photo.
File photo.
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is reminding people to drive sober this St. Patrick’s Day.

The WisDOT has a free smartphone app that drivers can use to determine their blood alcohol level.

The app has been recently upgraded to provide more safe ride options, and it now has a direct connection to a 911 operator to report a drunken driver.

More than 44,000 people have downloaded the app since it was launched a year ago.

If you don’t have a smartphone, the State Patrol is also offering some tips to keep you safe on St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Before you start partying, choose a sober designated driver.

  • If you’re feeling buzzed, you probably are over the 0.08 limit and should not drive.

  • Some taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons with a safe ride home. Click here for more information.

The WisDOT says four people died in traffic crashes last year during the St. Patrick’s holiday weekend.