St. Patrick’s Day may make you feel like you have the luck of the Irish on your side, but don’t depend on luck to keep you safe when celebrating the favorite holiday. Law enforcement will be out in full force and officials recommend that everyone follow this tip: Don’t drink and drive.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 276 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes on St. Patrick’s Day weekend from 2009 through 2013. Here are a few tips to help keep everyone safe this holiday.
1. Make a plan. It is always easier to get home sober when you have a plan in place to do so. Determine how you will get home before you head out and follow through with your plan at the end of the night.
2. Designated driver. Why not be the designated driver for your friends? This is a great way to make sure both you and those you love make it home safely.
3. Call a cab. Tuck the number of the local cab company in your purse or wallet. Call a cab when you bring the night to a close. You can call ahead to the cab company to find out how much the fare will be to make sure you have enough money stashed away.
4. Stay alert. If you aren’t celebrating but are out on the roads nonetheless, stay alert. Pay attention to the drivers around you and if you believe you see someone driving while impaired, dial 911.
5. Don’t be afraid. Never be afraid to get tough with a friend. If someone in your group is too drunk to drive, speak up.
There is nothing wrong with having a good time on St. Patrick’s Day, whether you are Irish or not. What is wrong is enjoying your green beer and then getting behind the wheel. Stay safe this holiday weekend and make it home alive.
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