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The luck of the Irish may keep you safe from impaired drivers this St. Patrick’s Day, however, be sure to take proper precautions anyway. As you prepare your favorite green attire for the holiday celebrations, remember to prioritize your safety on your night out. This joyful day can quickly turn tragic when impaired driving enters the picture. That is why Fielding Law has put together safety tips for you to use as you head out to celebrate.  

Understanding the Risks 

With all the festivities on this vibrant day, there is a notable spike in alcohol-related collisions. Whether attending parades during the day or pubs at night, it is evident that this day is majorly celebrated with the consumption of alcohol. A night that is meant for joy accounts for 36% of fatality collisions involving an impaired driver (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). With responsible behavior and planning, we can decrease this percentage together. 

Tips for Staying Safe on St. Patrick’s Day

Plan Ahead  

Before celebrating, designate a sober driver who will ensure the entire party gets home safely. The drinkers of the night can buy the designated driver food or nonalcoholic drinks throughout the festivities so they are not left out. Remember, if you are the driver, do not be a drinker. There is nothing better than getting home safe.  

Arrange alternative transportation like rideshare services if no one in your party is staying sober. Some companies offer special rates, even free rides, on high-impact holidays like St. Patrick’s Day. You can even schedule a pickup time so you do not have to worry about how you are getting home at the end of the night.  

Stay Aware  
  • Stay Sober and Alert: Your decision to stay sober does not guarantee everyone else will. Remain vigilant to other cars.
  • Avoid Distractions: Discontinue phone use, eating, and put away other distractions. Focus on the road, surroundings, and potential signs of impaired drivers. 
  • Exercise Caution: Be extra cautious around vehicles with potentially impaired drivers. Prioritize defensive driving to mitigate risks. 
  • Report Suspicious Activity: If you observe concerning behavior, say something. Help maintain road safety by calling the police if you suspect someone is driving under the influence.
Look Out for Each Other 

Take proper precautions at the start of the festivities by asking all friends who are planning on drinking to hand over their vehicle keys. Designate accountability buddies who will make sure no one gets behind the wheel intoxicated.  

Stay Safe and Celebrate Responsibly

St. Patrick’s Day is meant for joy and cheer, but this day has become tainted as it is one of the deadliest days of the year. By prioritizing safety and collective responsibility, we can ensure everyone can enjoy the festivities without fear of harm. In the event of an impaired driving accident caused by someone else’s negligence, Fielding Law stands ready to offer unwavering support and legal guidance to you and your loved ones. Contact us at 833.88.SHARK for a free consultation. We are wishing you a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day! 


Note: Information provided is for educational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. Always consult with a qualified attorney for legal concerns.