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

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      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.