The dangers of drunk driving have been well documented for decades. Countless ads and commercials warn against it. Even so, some people put themselves and others at serious risk by drinking and driving. When they do, the consequences can be severe -- even deadly.
Thousands of people die every year in these accidents, but certain holidays often see large spikes in drunk driving. With Saint Patrick’s Day coming up, anyone planning to celebrate should have a plan to drink responsibly and get home safely.
Saint Patrick’s Day and drinking
The holiday where “everyone’s Irish” is the fourth most popular drinking day in the USA, surpassed only by New Year’s, Christmas, and Independence Day. Almost a third of adults go to a party at a bar or restaurant and countless others go to private parties. Combined, over half of the adult population, millions of people, will be celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day in some way.
With that many people drinking and traveling, it absolutely important for you and others to have a designated driver or a way to call a taxi or a ride-share service. Decide on your plan before you go out to keep yourself from causing an accident and decrease your chances of being involved in one.
Drinking and driving by the numbers
On Saint Patrick’s day, a large number of vehicle accident deaths are associated with drinking and driving:
- From midnight - 5:59 a.m., nearly 69% of crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.
- 36% of pedestrians killed in crashes had a BAC of at least .08. Even when traveling on foot, know your limit to make the walk home safer.
- 75% of fatal drunk driving accidents involved a driver over twice the legal drinking limit.
- From 2012-2016, 38% of drivers killed in crashes had a BAC of at least .08. Over the same span, there were 269 deaths.
Protect yourself and others
There's no excuse for drinking and driving. These accidents are preventable simply by choosing not to get behind the wheel after celebrating the holiday.
If you or someone you know was the victim of a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation. In some cases, we pursue punitive damages, which are meant to punish the drunk driver and deter others from engaging in similar reckless behavior. Your case is about more than just obtaining financial compensation. It's about justice. It's about holding reckless drivers responsible for their actions.
Contact a law firm you can trust to put your best interests first – Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, PC.