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Published on Mar 16, 2012 by Edgar Snyder

It Takes More Than the Luck of the Irish to Avoid Drunk Driving Accidents on St. Patrick's Day

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St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow, and I'm sure a lot of you have already picked out where you want to celebrate. As you figure out the best way to have fun, I encourage you to also figure out the best way to stay safe – come up with a plan now for how you'll avoid drinking and driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in 2010, 32 percent of St. Patrick's Day car crashes were linked to drunk driving. And when St. Patty's day lands on a weekend, like it does this year, the number of alcohol-related crashes doubles. To help keep your celebration safe:

  • Designate a driver before you start partying.
  • If you don't have a designated driver, call a cab, have a friend or family member pick you up, or stay put until you are sober.
  • Don't let your friends drive if they've had too much to drink.
  • Wear your seatbelt – even if you haven't been drinking, others have, and seatbelts are your best defense in the event of a car accident.

Enjoy yourself tomorrow, but don't do so at the expense of your safety or anyone else's. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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