I remember attending some pretty fun St. Patrick's Day parties back in my pre-kid/able to stay awake past 9 PM days :) So to all of you who are heading out this week to celebrate- have a great time! But remember to stay safe, and have a designated driver (or know how to reach a taxi/car service) if you're planning to partake in any green beer (or other alcoholic beverages) yourself. Here are some scary statistics to show why this is such an important issue:
On St. Patrick’s Day 2009, 37 percent of the drivers and motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above, according to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Even if you will not be celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day, keep in mind that in 2009, 1,119 occupants of other vehicles were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers, so pay attention to others on the road. And remember, you don’t have to be “falling down drunk” to be too impaired to drive safely. Even a few drinks can impair driving…and a buzzed driving crash has the same consequences as a drunk driving crash.
NHTSA needs your help in keeping the roads safe for everyone this St. Patrick’s Day by spreading the word that buzzed driving IS drunk driving.
Stay safe, everyone!