St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and that means wearin’ the green, beer, parades, and time spent celebrating with friends and generally having some fun. We here at Friendship Complete Automotive Care wish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day and we encourage you to celebrate responsibly. “According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during St. Patrick’s Day holidays from 2006 to 2010. In 2010, 80% of alcohol-related accidents on St. Patrick’s Day involved drivers who had blood-alcohol levels nearly twice the legal limit.”
When you go out, celebrate responsibly, which means:
1) Make a plan for the evening. Know where you are going, who is going with you, and plan on how to get home if you cannot drive.
2) Know your limit. Don’t drink more than you know you should drink. Stop when you’ve hit that point.
3) Choose a designated driver. Never drive after you have something to drink. It places you and others on the road at risk of injury or worse.
4) If you find yourself without a designated driver, call a car service. Many pubs, clubs, and bars even have programs that assist if someone has too much to drink. They will likely call for a ride and get you home. Ultimately though, call that service beforehand if you don’t have a designated driver. “With the multitude of safe, convenient choices for getting around these days there’s no excuse to drive after drinking. Whether it’s a taxi, car service, a trusted sober friend or public transportation, there are alternatives. You can also use NHTSA’s SaferRide app to call a taxi or a friend for a ride, which is available for Android [external link] and Apple [external link] smartphones.”
Law enforcement all over the country encourages people to have a good time – to celebrate the green, but to do so responsibly – “be safe and smart at the same time. St. Patrick’s Day can be one of the most dangerous times on the road. It pays to make plans and be safe as you go out to celebrate. “The luck of the Irish won’t get you home unharmed if you get behind the wheel after drinking. So be honest with yourself. If you are attending a party that involves alcohol—even if you don’t plan to drink—your safest plan is to plan not to drive.”