Stay Lucky This St. Paddy’s Day
March 17th is one of the most popular drinking days in the world. It is also one of the deadliest days for drinking and driving. Statistics show that the majority of traffic fatalities over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday involve a drunk driver.
For 2021 the St. Paddy’s holiday starts at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 16, and ends at 5:59 am on Thursday, March 18. Five years ago 60 people were killed in drunk driving crashes during this period alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The federal agency is reminding people to not push their luck this year by staying safe and designating a sober driver.
Tips for staying safe this St. Patrick’s Day:
- Plan ahead for alternative transportation;
- Never get in the vehicle with someone who has been drinking;
- Bring your own drinks to a party;
- Enjoy family-friendly festivities that do not involve alcohol;
- Never drink and drive;
- Don’t drive while impaired (by alcohol or drugs); and
- Try to avoid being on the roads altogether.
Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy the celebrations. Studies show that a person was killed in a drunk driving accident around every 30 minutes (WalletHub) over the holiday period in 2018. Do not become another statistic. Stay safe this holiday and stay lucky. Never get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs!