As March 17 draws closer, Georgians are finalizing their St. Patrick’s
Day celebration plans. For many, this may involve going to restaurants,
bars, and parties to celebrate with others. As you make your plans, we
hope that you will include a designated driver or taxi service if you
plan to consume alcohol during your celebrations. Unfortunately, St. Patrick’s
Day has brought a dramatic increase in drunk driving fatalities in recent
years. In 2013, more than 40 percent of all auto accident fatalities were
attributed to drunk drivers on March 17. These numbers are worse between
the hours of midnight and 5:59 AM, as that is when most celebrations end
and attendees travel home. Between the years of 2009 and 2013, 276 people
lost their lives on St. Patrick’s Day due to drunk driving crashes.
Not only are drivers choosing to operate their vehicles under the influence
of alcohol, nearly 75% of those St. Patty’s Day drunk driving fatalities
involved drivers who were twice the legal limit. So whether you think
you’re ok to drive or not, use extra caution and call a designated
driver or car service if you drink at all. It may not only save your life,
but the lives of other innocent people on Georgia roadways.
Many people who have caused auto accidents after consuming alcohol claim
that they thought they were ok to drive. Alcohol has a different affect
on each individual person. Things like body weight, number of drinks per
hour, food consumption, and beverage alcohol content can change a person’s
BAC in a different way and at a different rate than another person’s.
The easiest way to decide whether you should drive is to assume any amount
of alcohol consumption is too much. As a driver, there’s no in-between:
you’re either sober or you aren’t. It is your responsibility
as an adult to make responsible decisions and keep Georgia roadways safe.
If your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations leave you unexpectedly intoxicated,
use the new
SaferRide app to find a car service to take you home.
At Jones & Swanson, we are fervent advocates of anti-drunk driving
campaigns. Our attorneys and staff members have witnessed first-hand what
drunk driving auto accidents can do to innocent victims. Attorneys Andrew
Jones and Chase Swanson have represented victims and family members who
lost loved ones in crashes in which a drunk driver was at fault. You don’t
want to be on the other side of that personal injury or wrongful death
claim. This St. Patrick’s Day, a sober driver is your luckiest charm.