Did you know: 34.5 million Americans claim they have some Irish blood in their ancestry (according to the U.S. Census). That’s 7x more people than the entire population of Ireland! On St. Patrick’s Day, it can be fun to embrace some version of Irish American culture for the day or the weekend. If you plan on going out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, just make sure you have some plans in place for a safe night. Don your green, start by eating a hearty Irish feast (before any drinking) and have a plan to get around without anyone having to drive drunk.
Don’t forget these tips from “Impaired Driving Prevention Month”:
If You Plan On Drinking:
1. Plan ahead for a safe way home if you’re planning to drink.
2. Find a designated driver or use a taxi service or public transportation
3. Remember that even one drink impairs your driving abilities.
4. Remember that driving “buzzed” is the same as driving drunk.
Prevent Impaired Driving
If Your Friend/ Family Member Has Been Drinking:
1. Don’t let a drunk friend or family member get behind the wheel.
2. Take their keys if necessary.
3. Offer alternatives to get home or let them sleep over.
4. Try to be non-confrontational and focus on how much you care about the person and how you don’t want them to hurt themselves or others.
Make sure you always have a backup plan to get home. Call a cab or use a ride share app in a pinch if something falls through with your designated driver.
Stay Hydrated During a Night Out
Also be sure to sure to stay hydrated. You’ll have a better night and hopefully avoid a hangover if you make sure that water is on your drink list.
Even if you aren’t planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day out and about, you should have a heightened awareness of safety. An increased amount of people might be travelling by foot to avoid drinking and driving (as they should). Keep an eye out for pedestrians and drive defensively. If you see what you suspect is a drunk driver or another dangerous situation, report it to the police following the guidelines below:
If You’re Driving and Suspect a Drunk Driver:
- If you see a car exhibiting signs of drunk driving, stay as far away from that vehicle as possible.
2. Safely pay attention to the license plate number and vehicle details.
3. Pull over and call 911 giving as much info as you can to the police.
We hope you have a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day!