Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over for St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is a notorious holiday for drinking. Irish and non-Irish alike participate in this sometimes, weekend-long celebration. Unfortunately, with an increase in alcohol consumption also comes an increase in drunk driving crashes and fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to remind drivers to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this holiday weekend. Luckily, drunk driving fatalities are 100 percent preventable. If you’re buzzed or drunk, don’t get behind the wheel.
St. Patty’s Day Drunk Driving Facts
• Two out of five crash deaths between 2006 and 2010 involved a drunk driver during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.
• In 2010, 80 percent of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday drunk driving deaths involved drivers who were near twice the legal limit.
• More than 269 people were killed by drunk drivers on St. Patrick’s Day over the years 2007 to 2011.
• 45 people were killed by drunk drivers during the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day holiday alone.
Getting Home Safely
Always make a plan before you begin celebrating. It helps to have a backup plan too. A backup plan can be as simple as pre-programming a number for a taxi service into your phone. One call can save your life, the lives of others and keep you out of jail. Designating a sober driver is also a great plan. Make sure to look out for your friends too. Never let a drunk or buzzed person get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Also, if you see a drunk driver on the roadway, call a law enforcement agency immediately. It could save a life. If you plan on walking, find a sober friend to go with you. Walking while impaired can be dangerous, especially at night.
Celebrate Safely This Weekend
Law enforcement officers in San Diego and across the Central Coast will likely be stepping up efforts to keep the roadways safe this weekend. Don’t become a statistic this holiday weekend. If you plan on celebrating, find a sober, safe ride home. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day.