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St. Patrick’s Day — March 17, 2022 — is one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, and this, unfortunately, means more drunk drivers on the roads. If you plan to drink, plan a sober ride home. Review these facts and share the word about the dangers of drunk driving so you can continue merry-making for all the St. Paddy’s Days to come.

Irish Pub people celebrating

Did you know

  • St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest times on our nation’s roads. 

  • In 2019, 57 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18).

  • In 2019, drunk driving killed more than 10,000 people in our country, and every single one of those deaths was preventable.

  • Between the hours of midnight and 5:59 a.m. over the St. Patrick’s Day period in 2019, more than half (63%) of crash fatalities involved a drunk driver.

  • Walking home after a night out drinking alcohol? In 2019, 32 percent of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) at or above .08. Arrange for a sober ride or for a sober friend to walk you home.

  • Remember that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. It is illegal and deadly to drink and drive. For some, even one drink may be one drink too many.

If you plan to drink, plan a sober ride home.

Plan a sober ride

If you plan to drink, plan a sober ride to get you home and live to be Irish another day. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously and do not consume alcohol, not even one drink.

  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver who does not plan to drink any alcohol, or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.

  • If available, use your community’s sober ride program [Insert your local sober ride program specifics here].

  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact y

  • Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.



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