Wednesday, March 17, 2020
With nearly 32.3 million Americans claiming Irish descent, it’s no wonder St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s most popular holidays. Sadly, it has also become one of its deadliest. Data shows that DUIs, alcohol violations, and alcohol-involved crashes spike on the holiday.
This year, luck just isn’t going to cut it. Here are some statistics, from a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding the dangers of drinking while driving on St. Patrick’s Day:
- For St. Patrick’s Day (in 2015 through 2019), there were 280 drunk driving deaths
- In that same time period (2015 through 2019), 63% of crash fatalities involved drunk drivers
- 4.2 is the average number of drinks consumed per person on St. Patrick’s Day
- In 2019, 31 pedestrians were killed in crashes where the driver had a BAC of .08 or higher
It only takes getting behind the wheel once after a few drinks on St. Patrick’s Day to change lives forever. Please do not get behind the wheel if driving.