CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Driving Toward Zero Coalition (NHDTZ) is urging drivers to celebrate Cinco de Mayo safely.
NHDTZ says people should make plans for getting home safely before going to festivities and to never drive drunk.
“Cinco de Mayo can be one of the most dangerous days of the year as a result of impaired drivers,” said New Hampshire State Police Lieutenant Matthew Shapiro. “When people celebrate with alcoholic beverages, they tend to lose track of how much they’ve had to drink and are much more likely to make bad decisions that could end in tragic consequences,” said Shapiro. “That’s why we always remind people to play it safe and plan ahead.”
According to the New Hampshire Department of Safety, between 2009 and 2013, three people were killed in alcohol-related crashes on New Hampshire roadways on Cinco de Mayo. Nationally between 2008 to 2012, 233 people in the U.S. were killed in drunk driving crashes on Cinco de Mayo.
Police say they will be on the lookout for drunk drivers.
The NHDTZ consists of both private and public organizations whose goal is to promote safety on N.H. roadways.
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