Safety Tips to Help Prevent St. Patrick’s Day Drunk Driving Accidents

If you plan on celebrating with family or friends this St. Patrick’s Day, please make sure that you or someone you know is not leaving the party in their vehicle while under the influence so as to prevent a serious auto accident. There are several options available to Las Vegas drivers on holidays. You could appoint your own designated driver, such as a sober friend or family member. Or you can pay a designated driver to drive you home by calling Designated Drivers Inc. at (702) 456-7433.

St. PattysIf you would like a free ride, call AAA’s Tipsy Tow at 1(800) 222-4357. You do not have to be a AAA member to utilize this free service. AAA offers a free five-mile tow home for drinking drivers and their vehicles. The service is available also to passengers, party hosts, bartenders, and restaurant managers. Or, if you need a ride, just call a cab or remain at the location of the party, if possible, until you sober up.

Remember, driving under the influence is a choice. By making the choice to drive under the influence, drivers put themselves, their passengers, and others on the roadway at great risk. St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most dangerous times of the year for travelers and commuters. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2009, 37 percent of motorists involved in fatal car accidents had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. Also, in 2009, there were 103 car accident deaths on St. Patrick’s Day.

This St. Patrick’s Day, please do not become a statistic. Please do not drink and drive. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a DUI collision, the Las Vegas drunk driving accident lawyers at Shook & Stone can help you better understand your legal rights and options following a crash. Please contact us at 702-570-0000 for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.

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