People around the globe know St. Patrick's Day as a celebration filled with shamrocks, green beer, and Irish whiskey. With the celebration fast approaching on March 17th, the Internet has started to flood with ideas for festive themed drinks. Unfortunately, we can't give you a scientifically-backed hangover cure, but we can provide statistics and safety tips to make your holiday a little safer.
Statistics from the Department of Transportation show that 54 DUI related deaths occur on St. Patrick's Day every year. In 2014, for instance, law enforcement in Denver arrested 471 individuals for DUI over the St. Paddy's Day weekend. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records show that 32% of fatalities on March 17th in 2012 were due to DUI related accidents. According to the CDC, binge drinkers have a 14 times higher rate of DUIs than non-binge drinkers.
Remember that DUIs cost. Anyone convicted of DUI can face fines, months of legal proceedings, a lasting criminal record, and a tarnished reputation. You could even cost someone his or her life. One bad decision stands between you and all those consequences.
Consider these safety tips before donning your green attire and pre-gaming with some Guinness at home:
• Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Even if you feel okay, avoid driving if you've had more than one drink.
• Use apps like Uber and Lyft to easily catch a ride if you can't drive.
• Discourage anyone who has been drinking from driving.
Don't count on the luck of the Irish to save you from a DUI this St. Patrick's Day. Use good judgment and stay safe by following these tips for a memorable Irish tradition. If someone hurt you or a loved one in an accident, don't hesitate to contact our Washington DC car accident attorneys today for more information.
With winter holding on tight, keep your St. Patrick's Day holiday even safer with our Checklist and Tips for Safe Winter Driving.