St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, is a day known for celebration, the color green, Irish heritage and of course, alcohol. The festivities often last long into the night and early hours of the morning, especially for adults and young adults. A recent survey revealed 52.3% of men and 47.7% of women plan to participate in celebrations annually. (Forbes)
With such an increase in alcohol consumption, the risks associated with drunk driving become even more of a concern. According to Forbes.com, 13 million pints of Guinness beer are consumed globally on St. Patrick’s Day, up from the 5.5 million consumed any other day. In addition, approximately $250 million is spent on beer in total on March 17 annually.
It’s important to plan ahead and determine what your sober ride home will be before your celebration begins. Whether that requires designating a sober driving, volunteering to be the sober driver, utilizing a taxi or rideshare app such as Uber or inviting friends to your home for the celebration and allowing them to stay the night, decide now how to ensure sober driving before St. Patrick’s Day.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is sponsoring a live Twitter chat on March 16 from 3-4 p.m. ET to help educate the public on the dangers of drunk driving. They will share startling statistics and will provide valuable information on drunk driving prevention. There will be experts available to answer any questions you might have.
Please help spread the word and encourage others to plan ahead to avoid buzzed driving. For more information on how ignition interlock devices can help prevent drunk driving, please call us today at (855) 531-5244.