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St. Patrick’s Day

With nearly 32.3 million Americans claiming Irish descent, it’s no wonder 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. And with St. Paddy’s Day falling on a Saturday, the likelihood of people celebrating, partying, and drinking throughout the weekend only increases.

This year, luck just isn’t going to cut it. Use these tools and resources to raise awareness about the dangers of St. Patrick’s Day drinking.


Updated for 2018, this infographic highlights the unlucky truth about St. Patrick’s Day and drinking. Click to view, download, or share the graphic.

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St. Patrick’s Day Alcohol and Driving Safety Resources

Traffic Safety Marketing: Saint Patrick’s Day 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Sober Ride—Listing of sober ride programs across the country

St. Patrick's Day Drinking: Facts, Hangovers, and Advice
Psychology Today

Luck of the Irish: Driving Safety Tips for St. Patrick’s Day
Allstate Insurance

St. Patrick’s Day Parties: Drinking,and Your Insurance

Stay Safe This St. Patrick's Day

5 Parental Tips for a Safe St. Patrick’s Day

Safe and Sober Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is all about green: green clothing, green accessories, green shamrocks, green rivers, and green beer—lots and lots of green beer. For those abstaining from alcohol, parties and gatherings can be especially challenging.

SCRAM CAM Programs Are Making a Difference

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays for drunk driving and alcohol-involved crashes. But it doesn’t have to be that way. More than 90% of high-risk drunk drivers supervised with SCRAM CAM said that their monitoring helped them stay sober during holiday periods. Learn more about how SCRAM CAM is driving compliance, accountability, and assessment in drunk and impaired driving programs across the country.

Plan Ahead for a Safe and Sober Ride

Don’t trust luck to get you home safely if you plan to drink this St. Patrick’s Day. Law enforcement agencies across the country will be running roadside sobriety checkpoints, including the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign organized by NHTSA. Here are some simple steps to get home safely from your St Patrick’s Day party or gathering:

  • Plan ahead! Don’t wait until you start drinking to figure out how you’re getting home.
  • Add contact information for local cab companies or car services into your phone or keep it handy. Many companies even offer special fares during some holidays, so check ahead.
  • Download and pre-populate your information for ride-sharing apps to make it easy to hail a ride at the end of the evening.
  • Identify a Designated Driver for the evening and STICK WITH IT.
  • Have options! Plans can change, so identify a back-up plan for a sober ride home before you leave for the night.

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