Tips for Preventing DUI This St. Patrick’s Day Holiday

St. Patrick’s Day Tips to Stay Safe

St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish culture and heritage, often marked by the consumption of alcoholic beverages. While it can be tempting to overindulge in festivities on this special day, it is important to remember that alcohol poses risks to your health and safety. There are steps you can take to prevent irresponsible drinking and ensure that your celebrations are enjoyable for all involved. 

Many Crash Fatalities Occur on St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone’s special celebration of the Irish is just around the corner, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding everyone to drink responsibly this year. Pubs and bars are often places where adults gather during the celebration. In the event that you don’t plan ahead to get home safely after drinking one night, you may suffer deadly consequences. 

Crash Statistics

Over a third (36 percent) of crash fatalities occurred between 6 p.m. on March 16 and 5:59 a.m. on March 18, 2020, according to the NHTSA. The period surrounding St. Patrick’s Day from 2016 to 2020 saw 287 drunk-driving deaths. Pedestrians are also at risk. Thirty percent of those who died in 2020 in collisions with a motor vehicle were intoxicated. This makes it important for pedestrians to arrange a ride home or be accompanied by someone who hasn’t been drinking. 

Use Safety Precautions While Celebrating to Make It Home Safely

The following safety tips can help you and your friends get home safely:

  • Drinking and driving is never a good idea. Get home safely by designating a sober driver or calling a ride service. 
  • You should contact law enforcement immediately if you see a driver driving drunk.
  • To keep that promise of safety to yourself and your passengers, make sure you don’t drink while you are the designated driver.
  • Make sure your friend never drives drunk. Get them home in a safe, sober manner.
  • If your driver has been drinking, don’t ride with them. 

Having Your Own Party? Safety Still Counts

In California, neither bars nor private homeowners are responsible if a guest gets drunk, leaves and causes an injury or fatality accident. However, if the guest or customer is under 21, the homeowner or bar may be liable for accident injuries. Hosting a party? Here are some tips:

  • Ensure that the party is well-stocked with food and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Before your guests arrive, make sure they designate a sober driver.
  • Don’t let anyone drive after drinking. Instead, take away their car keys and make sure they get a ride home.
  • Several hours before the party ends, stop serving alcohol and serve non-alcoholic drinks and food only.

By following these guidelines, individuals can celebrate safely and responsibly while still enjoying the festivities! Remember that it is important to plan ahead for a safe night out and drink responsibly so that everyone remains safe and healthy. Having a good time does not require excess consumption of alcoholic beverages; instead, focus on celebrating with friends and family to create lasting memories! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Car Accident Lawyer in California

I’m Ed Smith, and I’m a car accident lawyer in California. Hopefully, you can celebrate this fun-filled day in style and be safe doing so. However, if you are injured by a drunk or otherwise negligent driver, you have the right to recover compensation. Call us for free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or we can be reached at (800) 404-5400. You can also use our online contact form to get in touch with us. 

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