Pittsburgh, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of
Transportation (PennDOT) and members of the Allegheny County Safety Partners
hosted a “Responsible and Sober Pregame” today to promote awareness surrounding
impaired driving and pedestrian crashes ahead of the City of Pittsburgh’s
rescheduled Saint Patrick’s Day parade.
Held on the University
of Pittsburgh’s campus in Schenley Plaza, Oakland, campus police joined the
Safety Partners to pass out individually wrapped cookies and bottled water with
safety messages, reminding everyone to be safe and smart while celebrating at
As the City of
Pittsburgh’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade has been rescheduled from last
March to this Saturday, September 18, pedestrian and vehicle traffic is
expected increase in the city. Drivers, whether a part of the festivities or
not, are advised to exercise patience and to be vigilant of the activities
happening on roadways. Local law enforcement will also increase impaired
driving enforcement efforts to keep the public safe.
preliminary PennDOT data, from 2016 to 2020 there were 4,867 alcohol-related
crashes and 87 fatalities in Allegheny County alone. Additionally, there were
1,875 pedestrian crashes resulting in 66 fatalities during the same timeframe
in the county.
To combat these
statistics, the partners encourage motorists and pedestrians to plan ahead and
celebrate responsibly. Motorists should designate a sober driver, use public
transportation, or a ride share service. A person is considered
alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
However, someone with a lower BAC can have impaired judgment and reaction times
Pedestrians are also
encouraged to plan for safe travel by designating a “sober walker” to ensure
everyone makes it to their destination safely. Pedestrians are also reminded to
walk smart by crossing at intersections, using crosswalks, looking both ways
before crossing the street, and overall being aware of their surroundings.
The Allegheny County
Safety Partners consist of the AAA East Central, Allegheny County Health
Department, Allegheny County Police Department, Allegheny County Pretrial
Services, Allegheny County Sheriff Department, Children’s Hospital Injury
Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania State
Police, and the Pennsylvania Traffic Injury Prevention Project.
For more information,
PennDOT’s media center
offers resources for safety organizations, community groups, or others who
share safety information with their stakeholders. Social-media-sized graphics
highlighting topics such as seat belts, impaired driving and distracted driving
can be found online at www.PennDOT.gov
in the “Media
Center” under the “About Us” footer.
For regional updates,
follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPittsburgh
and join the Greater Pittsburgh Area PennDOT Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/pittsburghpenndot.
MEDIA CONTACT: Yasmeen Manyisha, 412-429-5044
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