The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) and its Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) are urging partiers this St. Patrick’s Day to find a safe ride home if you plan on drinking.
Before you decide to go out and drink, line up a designated sober driver, utilize GTSB’s & AAA’s Tow to Go Program, or find another alternative ride home.
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays in America. Last year, there were zero fatalities in Iowa over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday (March 17 – 20, 2016), but there were 458 crashes resulting in 756 injuries, of which 16 were serious. A majority of the serious crashes on St. Patrick’s Day happen between midnight and 6:00AM.
No matter if you choose to drink or be the designated driver - remember that wearing your seat belt will provide the most protection in the event you don’t have the “luck of the Irish” and are involved in a crash.
Together, we can make this St. Patrick’s Day holiday a safe one and again have zero fatalities.
On March 1, 2017 at around 4:22pm the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a personal injury accident involving two vehicles at the intersection of 240th Street and 225th Avenue.
Dayton Willison (25) (17), of Milford, was northbound on 225th Avenue and failed to obey a stop sign. Kendra Dorn (21), of Adrian, MN, was westbound on 240th Street and collided with Willison at the intersection. Both vehicles came to rest in the northwest ditch.
Willison was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado and the damage was estimated at $20,000. Willison was suspected of having serious or incapacitating injuries and was transported to the hospital. He was cited for failure to obey stop sign. A passenger in the vehicle suffered minor or non-incapacitating injuries.
Dorn was driving a 2003 Cadillac Escalade and the damage was estimated at $15,000. No injuries were reported by Dorn.
The DCSO was assisted by the Milford Police Department, Milford Fire and Rescue, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, Bob’s Auto Body, and Jennings Tow and Repair.
This article was corrected on 3/6/2017 - Dayton Willison's age is 17, not 25.