St. Patrick’s Day is a day when many people choose to get out and have fun. We have the answers some of the St. Patrick’s Day Safety Questions that we think will help keep you and your loved ones safe.
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How many people die in alcohol-related crashes on St. Patrick’s Day and over the holiday weekend?
In 2013, 31 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes on St. Patrick’s Day. From 2009 to 2013, 276 people died in drunken driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
What are some safety precautions motorists need to take if they plan on celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day?
- Designate a sober driver before the party begins.
- If you do not designate a sober driver, use the NHTSA’s SaferRide app to phone a taxi, public transportation, a sober friend or family member to get home safely.
- Never let a friend drive intoxicated. Arrange a safe ride home for them.
- Do not ride in a vehicle with a driver who is intoxicated.
- Always buckle up. This is your best defense against drunk drivers.
What are some safety tips to remember if you are hosting a party this St. Patrick’s Day?
- Ensure all of your guests designate sober drivers in advance. Keep in mind, the hours after the party are the most dangerous. Between midnight and 5:59 a.m. on March 18, 2013, 55 percent of crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.
- Offer plenty of food and an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages.
- Stop serving alcohol a few hours before the party ends and opt to serve non-alcoholic drinks and food.
- Take the keys from anyone who is thinking of driving home after drinking. Call them a cab. Remember: you can be held liable if someone you served alcohol ends up in a drunken driving crash.
- Parents or other adults who provide alcohol to, or host a party where alcohol is served, those under the age of 21 could face jail time.
What is the most dangerous time to be on the road on St. Patrick’s Day?
The hours immediately after the St. Patrick’s Day parties are the most dangerous. Between midnight and 5:59 a.m. on March 18, 2013, 55 percent of crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.
How much does the average DUI cost?
The average driving under the influence citation costs approximately $10,000.
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