What’s Up Wednesday: 03/13/19

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

As of February 28, 2019, there have been 15 crashes and 10 injuries on the Causeway Bridge.

Each year, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with parades, funny leprechaun hats, and plenty o’ green beer. Unfortunately, it often ends with risky drunk drivers taking to the streets when the parties end. Drunk driving accounts for nearly one-third of vehicle-related fatalities in the United States. If you plan to go out and enjoy the evening with alcohol, make sure you get a designated driver. Below are some facts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) to make your St. Paddy’s Days fun and safe.

  • St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays on our nation’s roads. During the 2013-2017 St. Patrick’s Day holidays, 234 lives were lost due to drunk-driving crashes nationwide. In 2017, drunk driving killed more than 10,000 people in our country, and every single one of those deaths was preventable. Do your part this St. Patrick’s Day and arrange for a sober driver to ensure you get home safely.
  • In 2017 alone, 59 people (37% 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, 2017, three-fourths (75%) of crash fatalities involved a drunk driver.

Always remember to plan ahead. It is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you feel ok, designate a sober driver, use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.