St. Patty’s Day Accidents
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about the upcoming holiday weekend. They’re calling on partygoers to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day safely. Their message “Don’t Rely on Luck- Designate a Sober Driver” is aimed at raising awareness about the critical importance of having a safe ride home after a night of drinking. On St. Patty’s Day last year, the CHP made 148 arrests statewide for driving under the influence (DUI). Even with CHP officers out in full force, there were three deaths and 66 injuries due to drunk drivers on St. Patrick’s Day last year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is also publicizing their annual St. Patrick’s Day Anti-Drunk Driving campaign.
St. Patrick’s Day Drunk Driving by The Numbers
- In 2016, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period.
- During the 2012-2016 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, 269 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers.
- Between midnight and 5:59 a.m. on March 18, 2016, almost three-quarters (69 percent) of the crash fatalities involved a drunk driver.
- In 2016, 36 percent of pedestrians killed in crashes had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
The CHP’s Steps for a Safe St. Patrick’s Day Holiday
- Plan ahead- always designates a sober driver before you start drinking.
- Have an alternate transportation plan, in case the first plan falls through.
- If you’re hosting a party, always serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages, and stop serving alcohol a few hours before the end of the party.
- If you see a friend who is drunk, take their keys and help them find a safe ride home.
- If you see a suspected drunk driver, call 9-1-1. It could save a life.
Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
Accidents involving drunk drivers are often devastating for passenger occupants in other vehicles. When somebody makes the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking, they’re putting their own life and the lives of others at great risk for injury causing and potentially fatal collisions.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day holiday, and if you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a crash caused by a drunk driver in San Diego, anywhere along the Central Coast, or Bay Area, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.