St. Patrick’s Day is one of America’s most celebrated holidays. Although March 17th marks the day to celebrate Irish heritage and all things green, it’s also one of the most dangerous days of the year. According to the NHTSA, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays on the roadways.
As the bars get crowded with people partaking in binge drinking, the roads become riddled with drunk drivers. According to Wallethub, the rate at which a person dies from a crash involving alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day is every 37 minutes. The drinking statistics make this holiday not the luckiest when it comes to alcohol related offenses.
Here are some uncomfortable facts that you should be aware of before celebrating this weekend:
- Between the years of 2012 and 2017:
- There were approximately 269 deaths that occurred on St. Patrick’s Day
- 38% of drivers had more than .08 BAC
- ¾ of fatal drunk driving crashes involved a driver who was 2X the legal limit
- 69% of crash fatalities involved drunk drivers the day after St. Patrick’s Day
- Drunk driving deaths were 8% higher than the national rate
According to the Insider, St. Patrick’s Day is the fourth most popular drinking holiday celebrated in America. This holiday puts all local communities across the country on high alert with safety precautions. St. Patrick’s Day falls on Sunday this year, and that means it will be chaotic with celebrations lasting over the course of a few days. It’s imperative to make safe choices and to not test your luck.
Review these precautions to keep yourself and others safe this holiday weekend:
- Plan before heading out to celebrate
- Use car ride services such as Lyft or Uber to help get you where you need to go, safely
- Do not get into a car with a driver who has been drinking
- Walk to and from bars with a friend or in a group
At Safe Auto, we just want to give our customers the information they need to celebrate safely this weekend. Have fun and enjoy this green holiday by taking the necessary precautions to remain lucky this year. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!