Meeting your friends at Patriot’s Café or the Auld Shebeen on St. Patrick’s Day is an annual tradition. You wear your green clothes, order your favorite beer, and maybe even indulge in corned beef and cabbage. One thing you should not do, however, is get behind the wheel after you’ve had a few drinks.
Along with the fear of getting pulled over—police make their presence known during this holiday—you are also at risk for getting injured or worse in a drunk driving-related accident.
Don’t Press Your Luck This St. Patrick’s Day by Drinking and Driving
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest days of the year when it comes to car accidents. Motorists often believe they are capable of driving, even after they begin to feel the effects of alcohol. The problem is, even just one drink can reduce reaction time and cause a driver to lose focus, and just a small amount of impairment can cause a devastating accident. Here, we discuss how serious the problem of driving while intoxicated is, especially on this lucky holiday.
- On St. Patrick’s Day of 2010, 32 percent of fatalities from motor vehicle accidents were connected to driving while under the influence.
- A total of 276 lives were lost on St. Patrick’s Day between 2009 and 2013.
- 80 percent of all drunk driving deaths on St. Patrick’s Day involve drivers whose blood alcohol level is twice the legal limit.
When Luck Isn’t on Your Side
Everyone makes mistakes, even on one of the luckiest days of the year. If you are charged with driving under the influence on St. Patrick’s Day, the legal team of the Easley Law Firm wants to help. We may be able to have your charges reduced, or even dropped. Contact us today to learn how we can help.