This year, Saint Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday. While festivities surrounding this beloved Irish-American holiday can be fun and full of celebration, it’s not without risk, especially on U.S. roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual Anti-Drunk Driving Saint Patrick’s Day Safety campaign. Since many people celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with alcohol, there is typically an increase in injury-causing and fatal car crashes involving drunk drivers during this holiday period. This year, the NHTSA is reminding partygoers, Irish and Irish-for-a-day alike, to designate a driver before they start celebrating.
The Facts on St. Patrick’s Day Drunk Driving Crashes
- On the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (March 16-18th) between 2011 and 2015, 252 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers in the U.S.
- In 2015, 30 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes during the St. Patrick’s holiday period.
- During after-party hours, between midnight and 5:59 a.m., nearly a third of crash fatalities involved alcohol-impaired drivers.
No Such Thing as “Okay to Drive”
The NHTSA is also reminding motorists that buzzed driving is drunk driving and that there is no such thing as “okay to drive.” If you’ve been drinking any alcohol at all, don’t get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Even one drink can be one drink too many. It’s not worth risking your life or the lives of others. Designate a driver. Call a cab. Use a ridesharing app. Stay on a couch, but don’t get behind the wheel after drinking.
Drunk Driving Accidents in California
Drunk driving accidents are 100-percent preventable. Nobody should have to lose a loved one or deal with the pain of an injury suffered because somebody chose to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Make a plan to get home safely this Saint Patrick’s Day and all yearlong.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, and if a drunk driver has injured you or a loved one in San Diego, the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding areas, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.