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.
Traffic Safety Marketing: Saint Patrick’s Day
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Sober Ride—Listing of sober ride programs across the country
AAA and NHTSA
St. Patrick's Day Drinking: Facts, Hangovers, and Advice
Luck of the Irish: Driving Safety Tips for St. Patrick’s Day
5 Parental Tips for a Safe 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.
But it is possible to enjoy St. Paddy’s Day without alcohol:
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.
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:
Sobering Up Blog
In 2016, nearly half of all drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes were between the ages of 16 and 34. And according to the Pew Research Center, more than 90% of Americans in that age group own a smartphone. Two mobile apps are tapping into those overlapping demographics to target would-be drunk drivers with easier options to find a sober ride home.
SCRAM in the News
With nearly 1,800 DUI arrests in 2016, Lake County has the one of the highest rates of drunk driving in Illinois. A new alcohol monitoring program is designed to keep repeat offenders sober, 24-hours a day.
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