When Irish Eyes are Smiling - Celebrate Safe, Don't Drink and Drive
March 31st, 2017 | Joseph A. Quinn, Jr.
The tradition of celebrating the tradition of St. Patrick’s Day is right upon us – as Spring is right around the corner, days are getting a little longer, and the weather is starting to improve, thousands of residents in our area will celebrate on Parade Day. At Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, we urge you to celebrate safely.
Attorney Joseph A. Quinn, Jr. of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn says, “We urge you to please don’t drink and drive. In 2015, more than 10,000 people died and 290,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes. On average, that is one person every 51 minutes. And, over 28 million people have admitted to driving under the influence. St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate our Irish Heritage. Celebrate safely.”
The highest rate of drunk driving is among 26-29 year olds, (20.7%) and almost one-third of all drivers who have been arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders.
Pennsylvania enforces the .08 Per Se Law that states it is illegal to drive with .08 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). BAC is the most accurate and measurable gauge of how much alcohol is in someone’s blood. At a .08 BAC level, a driver is 11 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than someone who had nothing to drink. At a .08 BAC, drivers had trouble controlling speed, processing information and reasoning, reduced coordination and inability to track objects, and difficulty steering.
There are a few simple steps you can take to stay safe while celebrating.
Plan ahead. If you are planning on drinking, assign a designated driver to make sure that you and everyone with you arrives home safely. If there is no designated driver, then make sure you have the phone number of a local cab service or shuttle service tucked in your pocket, or UBER installed on your smartphone before you go out. If you are at a hotel, consider staying the night.
If you are hosting a party, be sure to have an area for a “key drop”. Control alcohol consumption and offer non-alcoholic mocktails as an alternative. Provide plenty of food, and avoid very salty foods, which may cause your guests to drink more. Insist that any of your guests that may have over-indulged, stay the night, or have a responsible way home. Do not allow them to drive drunk.
Enjoy the parade, great food, music and company without any interferences. Find family-themed events and celebrate with them.
Above all, celebrate responsibly.
Don’t drink and drive. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!