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St. Patrick's Day Accident Statistics-and How to Stay Safe During the Holiday

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 16-Mar-2017

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, is one of America’s best-loved holidays for drinking, and not just among the Irish. Unfortunately, that fact also points to a dramatic increase in safety risks. Before you indulge in multiple pints of green beer this year, take a look at the following St. Patrick’s Day statistics, compiled from WalletHub and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 56.1 percent of Americans plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year.
  • Approximately 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed on March 17 worldwide.
  • St. Patrick’s Day is the fourth most popular drinking day of the year (behind July 4, Christmas and New Year’s Eve).
  • Alcohol-related traffic accidents took one life every 51 minutes on St. Patrick’s Day, 2010. In 2013, it was one life every 52 minutes.
  • 75% of fatal alcohol-related crashes on St. Patrick’s Day involve drivers with alcohol blood content twice the legal limit.

Whether or not you plan to drink, staying safe during this holiday means taking steps to ensure you don’t become a statistic. Here are some tips:

  • If you drink, don’t drive. Assign a designated sober driver or take a cab. (Many bars and cab companies arrange free rides for people who are too intoxicated to drive.)
  • If you drive, leave plenty of room. Be aware of drivers around you, and give yourself plenty of space between vehicles. Drive defensively.
  • Steer clear of any vehicle operating erratically. If possible, alert a police officer or call 911 to report suspected drunk driving.
  • Take public transportation. If you are intoxicated, be especially careful near subway tracks.
  • For best safety, rent a hotel room. If you celebrate at a hotel and retire upstairs, you can stay off the roads completely.
  • Remember: Buzzed driving is drunk driving! Even one drink can give you a buzz.

If you or a loved one is involved in a drunk driving accident, we can help. Contact our D.C. accident attorneys for a free consultation.

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