St. Patrick's Day is coming up on Sunday, March 17th. Ahead of the Irish holiday, Iowa's largest law enforcement agency wants to remind motorists that the luck of the Irish doesn't work when it comes to drinking and driving.

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau is partnering with local law enforcement March 13-21, to spread the message about the dangers of impaired driving.

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Let's Keep Everyone Safe On St. Patrick's Day

Last year, during the week of St. Patrick’s Day, there were 26 traffic fatalities on Iowa roads. Almost 40% of those occurred the week of St. Patrick’s Day (March 11-19, 2023). Nationally, St. Patrick’s is one of the deadliest times on our nation’s roads.

Impaired driving is not only illegal but also a matter of life and death. As you travel to festivities, help spread the word: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

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Iowa, Designate A Sober Leprechaun Driver

This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday which means more parties throughout the weekend, including the St. Patrick's Day Bash at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.

If you’re going to drink, make the smart choice and plan for a sober ride. If you’re the designated driver, make sure you keep that promise of safety to yourself and your passengers.

GTSB Bureau Chief Brett Tjepkes says, “Don’t turn a day of fun into a tragic and devastating time by driving while intoxicated. It’s vital people plan ahead. If you wait until you’ve been drinking to make a smart decision, you might not. Designate a sober driver, call a taxi, or use a rideshare service. Our law enforcement partners will be looking for impaired drivers.”

Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau
Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau

GTSB Program Administrator, Sheri Krohn says St. Patrick’s Day can also be a dangerous time for pedestrians.

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau works with city, county, state, and local organizations to develop and implement strategies to reduce deaths and injuries on Iowa’s roadways using federally funded grants.

Stay safe this St. Patrick's Day, Quad Cities.

The Top 6 Pizza Places In Bettendorf According To Yelp

The debate about who has the best pizza in Davenport has been settled, now it's time to head to Bettendorf. To make the list of the best places to get pizza in Bettendorf, we looked at the one website that tells us which places the Bettendorf locals love the most: Yelp. We had one stipulation when making this list, the place must be local.

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The Top Ten Excuses You Can Use to Cancel a Date

Have you ever had to bail on a date when you realized the person was total garbage? You realized you got yourself into a situation with someone you're not even interested in.

Before we reveal the top 10 excuses to get out of a date, here are a few fun dating facts.

People will tolerate an average of 51 minutes of a bad date before making their excuses to leave, according to research.

Daters were also asked about bowing out ahead of time with 44% of people saying they have done that. On average, we'll cancel 19 hours beforehand.

Here are the ten most common excuses we've used to get out of a date.

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