On Thursday, March 17, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, one of the most popular drinking holidays of the year. It’s the day of horseshoes, leprechauns, shamrocks, and plenty of green beer. This year, if you’ll be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with alcohol, remember not to drink and drive.
St. Patrick’s Day is known for being one of the deadliest holidays. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 2010 and 2014, nearly three-fourths of the DUI fatalities over the holiday period involved drunk drivers with high BACs.
In an effort to lower the number of drunk driving crashes and fatalities, law enforcement agencies nationwide are stepping up their DUI enforcement efforts on St. Patrick’s Day. Local authorities in Orange County will be targeting known problem areas with high numbers of drunk drivers and DUI arrests.
So, if you’re out on the road, you can be certain that law enforcement will be on the lookout for drunk drivers who are leaving pubs, restaurants, bars, house parties, and even work celebrations. The officers will be looking for the telltale signs of drunk driving, such as:
- Straddling lanes
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Driving at night without headlights
- Crossing the center lane
- Driving the wrong-way
Watch Out for Impaired Pedestrians
Remember, walking or biking while intoxicated can be deadly, especially around traffic. If you drink, be careful crossing the street because inattention can cause you to be hit by an oncoming vehicle. If you’re a designated driver, be on the lookout for inebriated pedestrians and bicyclists.
If you plan on drinking this St. Patty’s Day, make sure you have a plan to get home safely, such as a designated driver, a cab, or a ride from Uber or Lyft. If you’re the designated driver, remember, that doesn’t mean that you’re the “least drunk” of all your friends, it means that you don’t drink anything – so don’t let your friends down!
If you do end up getting arrested for DUI on St. Patrick’s Day, give the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. a call for an aggressive DUI defense!