As St. Patrick's Day approaches, The Resource Training Center, provider of the New York State Drinking Driver Program, is reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel if they've been drinking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports over 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a drunk driver during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2006 to 2010.
“Whether you are gathering with friends at the local pub or attending the parade, if alcohol is part of the festivities, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely,” said Monica Farrar, program director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst.
According to the NHTSA, on average, a person is killed in a drunk-driving crash in the United States every 51 minutes, and the majority of these crashes involve drunk drivers who have blood-alcohol concentrations of .15 grams per deciliter or higher, almost twice the legal limit of .08 g/dL.
To prevent these tragedies from occurring, The Resource Training Center recommends the following steps to have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day:
• Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
• Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
• If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.
• If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police.
• And remember, if you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
About The Resource Training Center
The Resource Training Center (TRTC) is one of the few stand-alone OASAS-approved non-profit programs in the state. Its executive staff members have more than 35 years of experience in the substance abuse field. TRTC supports the professionalism of the field of chemical dependency by providing the highest quality training in alcoholism and substance abuse for those choosing to serve addicted individuals and their families. TRTC operates training facilities in Amherst, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Beacon N.Y. For more information, visit www.resourcetraining.org.
Monica Farrar is a graduate of the University at Buffalo with a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and CRC Certification. Farrar is a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, in addition to a Recovery Coach. At this time, Farrar is pursuing a second Masters of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling. She obtained a dual major from Springfield College, completing Bachelor of Science degrees in Sociology and Psychology.
For additional information, please call the local office at 983-2258 or follow The Resource Training Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Resource-Training-Center/112019195650348. The local office is located at 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst.