Don’t Bet Your Luck On It: Drunk Driving is Deadly Driving

This Holiday, Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated by Americans—Irish and non-Irish alike. The festivities are filled with friends, family, and endless parties. Oftentimes, these parties end with drunk drivers who endanger America’s roads. Drinking and driving accounts for nearly one-third of vehicle-related fatalities in the United States.

This St. Paddy’s Day, don’t rely on the luck o’ the Irish to get you home safely—refrain from drinking and driving. Discuss these drunk-driving facts with your friends and family, plan to celebrate safely, and spread the word about the dangers of drinking and driving.

• St. Patrick’s Day has become a deadly holiday for our nation’s roads, due to the number of drunk-driving crashes and fatalities. From 2012 to 2016, the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18) saw the loss of 269 lives due to drunk-driving crashes. In 2016 Drunk driving killed more than 10,000 people in our country, and every single one of those deaths is preventable. Do your part this St. Patrick’s Day to drive sober and ensure your friends do too.

• This St. Patrick’s Day, law enforcement will be patrolling to ensure citizens follow the law and refrain from drinking and driving. Doing so not only keeps you safe, but it keeps other vehicle passengers and pedestrians safe. Don’t test your luck this St. Patrick’s Day: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

• law enforcement officers will conduct alcohol checkpoints at various spots to catch drunk drivers. Don’t be alarmed if you are pulled over. But remember: If you are caught drinking and driving, you will be arrested.

• In 2016 alone, 60 people (39% of all crash fatalities) were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period.

• Between midnight and 5:59 a.m. March 18, 2016, almost three-fourths (69%) of crash fatalities involved a drunk driver.

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