St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. With a plethora of Irish immigrants -- and many, many more St. Paddy’s Day well-wishers, the holiday is heavily celebrated by most Americans with friendly pinches and green beer galore. Sadly, all this merrymaking can lead to dangerous driving conditions as partygoers head home. In 2016 alone, 60 people were killed in the United States in drunken driving crashes over the St. Paddy’s Day holiday period.
The selfish act of drinking and driving can take people from their friends and loved ones forever. If you plan to go out and enjoy the evening with alcohol, make sure you refrain from driving. Review these facts and share the word about the dangers of drunken driving.
St. Patrick’s Day Facts:
- Between midnight and 5:59 a.m., March 18, 2016, almost three-fourths (69 percent) of crash fatalities involved a drunken driver.
- Walking home from the bar after a night out partying can be as dangerous as driving. In 2016, 36 percent of the pedestrians killed in crashes had blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher.
- On average, a DUI can set you back $10,000 in attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, car towing and repairs and more.
- More than 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed across the globe on St. Patrick’s Day. In many cities, drinking starts in the early morning and doesn’t peak until after 8 p.m.
Drunken driving kills more than 10,000 people each year in our country, and every single one of those deaths is preventable. This St. Patrick’s Day, if you’ll be drinking alcohol, please remember to find a sober ride home and to remind your friends and family to do the same. One option many people don’t know about is the SafeRide program, of which Hupy and Abraham is a proud sponsor! Last year, Tavern League members provided more than 95,203 safe rides to their patrons.
At Hupy and Abraham, we believe in always balancing fun with safety. In the event that you are injured by the actions of a negligent drunken driver, contact Hupy and Abraham right away. Call 800-800-5678 or start a live chat anytime at Hupy.com.