St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner – March 17th, Thursday – and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
is preparing to do all it can to bring awareness to the dangers of drinking
and driving. In particular, it will be launching a Twitter chat campaign
tomorrow – March 16th, 2016 – between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM to give statistics and information
on the dangers of intoxication behind the wheel.
Some pertinent St. Patrick’s Day statistics include:
- 276 traffic fatalities between 2009 and 2013 in America
- Between midnight and 6 AM, about 66% of all traffic fatalities involve
a drunk driver
- 50% of men 21-34 killed in a car accident were intoxicated or hit by someone who was
It should be noted that the aforementioned statistics and the information
the NHTSA will likely provide through their Twitter campaign relates only
to St. Patrick’s Day. In many locations around the country, most
of the celebratory events actually take place on the weekend after St.
Patrick’s Day, should it fall on a weekday. With this in mind, it
is entirely possible that the accident statistics are conservative and
would actually include many more fatalities if expanded to include days
following St. Patrick’s Day.
How You Can Stay Safe on St. Patrick’s Day
There will also be experts from the NHTSA and related industries monitoring
the chat to answer any questions about how people can help prevent drunk
car accidents. The ultimate goal is to get as many people as possible to either designate
a sober driver for the night or stay put for the evening.
Information for the Twitter campaign:
To help prevent car accidents this St. Patrick’s Day, always do the
Know your limit: One can of beer or one shot of liquor will intoxicate you for approximately
one hour. If you have three drinks, wait at least three hours before even
thinking about driving. Do not drive if you feel impaired at all.
Download the app: There are plenty of ride sharing apps on smartphones, including the popular
Uber and Lyft. Download one ahead of time and be sure to use it when necessary.
Also, don’t forget that taxi services still exist and will be all
over your city that night.
only acceptable form of crashing on St. Patrick’s Day is on a couch.
Ask your hosts if you can spend the night there so you don’t spend
the night in a hospital or behind bars, which are infinitely less comfortable
than an old sofa or sleeping bag.
Find a buddy: Use social media applications to coordinate with partygoers and make certain
everyone has a sober buddy at the end of the night. This not only helps
you all avoid danger but can be a great ice breaker!
At Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C., our Kingston personal
injury attorneys all wish you a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day.
If something should go wrong though and you are hurt by a drunk driver,
know that we are here to help you find compensation and a comfortable
recovery. Just call
845.340.HURT for more information.