How to stay safe on St. Patrick’s Day weekend: LPD

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — While everyone is cutting loose for the holiday weekend, Lansing police will be on high alert.

With the droves of people who are heading out into the community now, LPD tells 6 News there are precautions you will need to take.

For those going out to bars, LPD advises people to keep their drinks close by. Any time you’re away from your glass opens the opportunity for someone to slip something into it.

And St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most dangerous holidays on the road, due to impaired driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Not only are you likely to get into an accident this holiday weekend, but you’ll also most likely get caught, as extra patrols will be out on the roads.

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Lansing police say that if you’re even considering whether driving is an option–don’t.

They advise you to use ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber to get around.

“When we have big holidays like this, we like to staff heavy on our patrol, so that we can have more police officers out there focusing on our bar districts, making sure that everyone is safe,” said LPD Officer Damon Pulver.

Pulver recommends “planning your rides ahead of time, planning designated drivers ahead of time. That way, if you do get intoxicated, and you do find yourself in a position where you are not able to drive, you have plans in place where you are going to get home safely.”

Even if you’re not in a car, your attention to the road is crucial. LPD advises you to travel with people, in groups, and to keep an eye out for others who might be making bad decisions.

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