St. Patrick’s Day: A Dangerous Time to Drive

Every year, millions of Americans come together on March 17th to celebrate the country’s Irish heritage. St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to enjoy some traditional cuisine and a Guinness, but it’s not a good day to be on the road. In fact, St. Patrick’s Day is statistically one of the deadliest days to drive. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 32 percent of all traffic fatalities that occurred on St. Patrick’s Day in 2010 were alcohol related. Between 2009 and 2013, 276 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes on St. Paddy’s.

The good news is that there are steps you can take to keep you and your loved ones safe on St. Patrick’s Day so you can kick back and enjoy the holiday.

  • If you have to travel, always designate a sober driver or use an alternate form of transportation such as a taxi or ridesharing service.
  • If you’re hosting a party, provide plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages for guests to enjoy as well. If you’re at someone else’s party, pace yourself and take care not to drink on an empty stomach.
  • Keep your friend’s close, and if they consider drinking and driving stop them. Reminding them of the legal repercussions of a DWI might dissuade them from making a bad decision. If all else fails, offer to find them a ride with a sober driver.
  • Remember that St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Thursday this year. This means that many people will be celebrating through the weekend as well. Likewise, you should continue to be extra careful on the roads on Saturday and Sunday.

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