St. Patrick’s Day Roadway Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is gearing up for its annual St. Patrick’s Day anti-drunk driving campaign. Not surprisingly, St. Patrick’s Day has become synonymous with heavy drinking, and unfortunately, an increase in injury-causing and fatal drunk driving crashes on U.S. roadways. This year, officials with the NHTSA are reminding partygoers that Buzzed Driving is drunk driving because even one drink can be one drink too many. If you plan on celebrating the Irish holiday by going out and consuming any amount of alcohol at all, make sure you have a safe ride home.
Saint Patrick’s Day Drunk Driving Stats
- Patrick’s day is one of the deadliest holidays on U.S. roadways.
- During the 2014-2018 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, 249 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers.
- In 2018 alone, drunk driving killed more than 10,000 people across the U.S.
- In 2018, 73 people (39 percent of all crash fatalities) were killed in drunk-driving crashes during the St. Patrick’s holiday period.
- Between midnight and 5:59 a.m. over the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, more than three out of five (62 percent) of crash fatalities involved a drunk driver.
Plan a Safe Ride Home for St. Patrick’s Day
If you plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with alcohol, make sure you have a plan for a safe ride home before you go out. Planning ahead will eliminate any issues you might have late at night trying to find a ride. If possible, designate a sober driver. If a ride falls through or a designated driver decides to start drinking, make sure you have an alternate plan. This can be as simple as using a ridesharing app or calling a cab.
Drunk Driving Accidents in San Diego
Drunk driving accidents are 100-percent preventable. No matter what day of the year it is, if you’ve been drinking alcohol, don’t get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Designate a driver, call a cab or use a rideshare app. Don’t put your life and the lives of others at risk.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Holiday, and if you have been injured or if you have lost a loved on in a car accident involving a drunk driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.