It's no secret that holidays are times for celebration, and as such, see a measurable spike in the number of alcohol-related arrests, accidents, and injuries. While many holidays see these increases, there are some that see more than others, especially holidays that are deeply and culturally associated with drinking. St. Patrick's Day is a prime example of a "drinking holiday."
As St. Patrick's Day has come to be a widely celebrated drinking holiday in the U.S., authorities across the country are well aware of the need to increase their enforcement efforts and their vigilance for motorists who may be driving under the influence. Historically, St. Patrick's Day and the weekend before the holiday have consistently recorded high rates of DUI arrests.
Take a look at some common St. Patrick's DUI facts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- In 2012, 3 out of 4 people who died in crashes following St. Patrick's Day celebrations died in drunk driving crashes.
- From 2008 - 2012, almost ¾ of the drunk driving fatalities on St. Patrick's Day occurred when the driver was two times the legal limit.
- From 2008 -2012, almost half the men killed on St. Patrick's Day in crashes were killed in drunk driving crashes.
Drinking and driving puts everyone at risk, and it is entirely preventable. At Shook & Stone, we would like to remind everyone about the importance of using a designated driver or finding a sober ride come St. Patrick's Day weekend. Remember, drivers who cause accidents or injure others while under the influence can face criminal penalties. They can also be held accountable for causing preventable harm.
Throughout the years, our legal team has helped many victims and families navigate the personal injury claim process after being injured in a traffic accident, including accidents caused by drunk and impaired drivers. If you would like to discuss your case personally with a lawyer, call Shook & Stone for a free case review.