March 13th, 2019|
This St. Patrick’s Day, you should have two priorities in mind: wearing green and staying safe. The first is easy enough to accomplish, but the second can require preparation and caution—especially if you’re planning on drinking alcohol while celebrating with family and friends.
Because the holiday is strongly associated with alcohol consumption, many drivers take to Ohio’s roadways while intoxicated or impaired. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 60 people died in drunk driving-related accidents over the holiday weekend in 2016 nationwide.
Stay Safe With These Simple Steps
Reducing your risks this St. Patrick’s Day is as simple as following these three essential steps:
- Arrange a safe and sober ride—There are many ways to get to and from your destinations over the holiday weekend. Appointing a designated driver, using a ridesharing app, calling a cab, and using public transportation can be the difference between getting home safely and getting a DUI or being involved in a serious accident.
- Be careful if you travel on foot—Whether you plan on walking to your destination or pub crawling on foot after you arrive, it’s important to remember that pedestrians face increased risks—especially at night. Walk on sidewalks and crosswalks wherever they’re available, and avoid distractions as much as possible.
- Make sure you and your loved ones drink responsibly—Even if you don’t plan on driving, it’s still important to moderate your alcohol consumption and to be aware of the amount that others are drinking. Never allow anyone in your party who’s intoxicated to drive home, as it can put them, their passengers, and other drivers on the road at risk.
Hurt by a Negligent Driver? Call Us Today.
Holiday weekends are notorious for an increase in drunk driving arrests and accidents, but impaired, distracted, and negligent drivers get behind the wheel year-round. If you or someone you love was hurt by a careless driver, the Ohio auto accident attorneys at Nurenberg Paris are here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.