Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated drinking holidays in California. The number of drunk driving car accidents that occur on St. Patty’s Day weekend often rival the numbers seen on New Year’s Eve and July 4th.
Federal data shows that over 700 people were killed across the country during St. Patrick’s Day car accidents from 2006 to 2010. Avoid becoming a statistic by cabbing it home or designated a sober driver.
Remember that giving you car keys to an equally intoxicated friend is not the same thing as getting a safe ride home. Although you will not face drunk driving charges if you let a drunk friend drive you home, you still place yourself at risk for suffering serious personal injuries in a drunk driving crash.
According to data from the Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one person dies about every 51 minutes in an alcohol-related car accident. The majority of drunk driving crashes in the U.S. involve a driver who is over twice the legal limit of .08 percent.
Designate your driver before going to St. Patrick’s Day brunch and have a great time!