Sober driving urged for upcoming St. Patrick's Day festivities

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The Portage County Safe Communities coalition is getting ready for upcoming St. Patrick's Day celebrations, and has partnered with the Kent State University Police Department and local businesses to promote sober driving, according to Lynette Blasiman, director of Safe Communities.

"Drugs and alcohol both cause impairment, which affect your driving skills and judgment. Portage County law enforcement agencies are cracking down on impaired driving every day, and St. Patrick's Day is no exception," said Officer Michquel Penn, community resource officer with the KSU Police Department.

"Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving -- whether it's just a few drinks or a few too many, don't rely on luck," Blasiman said. "Be responsible -- it can be the difference between life and death."

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