Don’t Rely on Luck to Stay Safe This St. Patrick’s Day

Don’t Become a Statistic

Every year, the month of March has the most driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrests. There are two reasons for this: 1. Overindulgence is common during St. Patrick's Day Weekend 2. The enforcement of DUI/DWI laws is at its peak (the other “peaks” are New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July).

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that 10,142 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2019 that involved an alcohol-impaired driver. Among those fatalities, 68% (6,872) were in crashes in which at least one driver had a BAC of .15 or higher. Additionally, nighttime is a particularly dangerous time to be on the roads: the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2019 was 3.3 times higher at night than during the day.

“The tragic loss of life from driving impaired, whether under the influence of alcohol or drugs, is 100% preventable,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator Dr. Steven Cliff. “It is illegal in every state. I urge everyone to plan for a sober ride home.”

Alcohol consumption impairs your thinking, reasoning, and muscle coordination — all vital to operating a vehicle safely. You begin to feel the effects of alcohol at a BAC under .08. Here is access to The Effects of Blood Alcohol Concentration Chart from the CDC to learn more about how quickly alcohol can affect your body.

From the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

You can have a safe St. Patrick's Day without jeopardizing your own life or the lives of others who may be on the road with you. Here are a few tips to stay safe.

  • Before drinking, choose a designated driver, or schedule a ride-sharing, ride-hailing or taxi service.

  • If you are hosting a party where there’s alcohol, offer non-alcoholic drink options and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.

  • Always wear your seat belt — it's the best defense against drunk drivers.

  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, safely pull over and call law enforcement.

"Driving impaired or riding with someone who is impaired is simply not worth the risk," said DMV Commissioner D.B. Smit. "Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or a drunk driving arrest can be really significant."

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