Did you know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on St. Patrick’s Day 2020, 36 percent of crash fatalities involved a drunk driver? And from 2016 to 2020, 287 lives were lost in drunk-driving crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.
Keep in mind that car accidents aren’t the only dangers to be aware off on St. Patrick’s Day. Other dangers include pedestrian accidents involving drunk drivers, over-consumption related injuries, domestic violence, and injuries sustained from bar fights and other incidences of assault.
If you’re planning on taking part in parades and festivities, be sure to plan for the safety of yourself and others while the green beer flows.
By planning ahead, you can avoid the risk of driving under the influence and getting into serious danger or getting lost or stranded. Before heading out to celebrate, make sure to decide on transportation, your designated driver, and make sure you have your emergency contact information available.
Designate a Driver
Drunk driving is a leading cause of accidents and fatalities during holidays. If you plan on drinking, make sure to have a designated driver. You can thank them by picking up their (non-alcoholic) tab and reimbursing them for gas. If you plan on drinking and cannot find someone to be the designated driver, arrange for a taxi, rideshare service, or public transportation service ahead of time.
Alcohol consumption is a common part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. However, excessive drinking can lead to a variety of risks, including alcohol poisoning, injury, and impaired judgment. Make sure to drink responsibly by pacing yourself, staying hydrated, eating food, and never leaving your drink unattended.
Keep an Eye on Your Friends
Make sure your friends stay within their limits, and never let anyone drive drunk. If you have to, take their keys and help them find an alternate way home or to a hotel.
It’s important to stay alert and aware of your surroundings during St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Crowded bars and parades can present safety hazards such as pickpocketing and fights. If you feel unsafe, trust your instincts and leave the area. Always be aware of your surroundings and avoid situations that could potentially lead to harm.
The key to a happy and healthy St. Patrick’s Day is to have fun while staying safe!