The month of March is highlighted by the wonderful Irish-themed holiday of St. Patrick’s Day. This holiday is actually the celebration of a Catholic saint who spent his life converting the Irish to Christianity. Today, however, many individuals celebrate this day by wearing green, donning shamrocks, drinking green beer and partaking in pub-crawls. While much of this holiday’s celebration revolves around drinking, the St Patrick’s Day statistics related to drunken driving incidents dramatically increase during holidays.
St Patrick’s Day Statistics (fun and serious):
- It takes 45lbs of vegetable-based dye to turn Chicago’s River Green
- Each St. Patrick’s Day, the President of Ireland gives the President of the United States a crystal bowl filled with shamrocks.
- 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed worldwide on March 17th.
- St. Patrick’s Day is ranked 4th among most popular drinking days, the others being New Year’s Eve, Christmas and 4th of July.
- 51.2% of Americans celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in 2016.
- Every 74 minutes, an alcohol-related car crash claims a life on St. Patrick’s Day.
- About 75% of fatal St. Patrick’s Day car accidents involve a driver who’s BAC is 2x the legal limit.
Due to the number of people drinking, driving on St. Patrick’s Day can be extremely dangerous (especially post-party hours). It’s important to remember that if you plan to drink that you arrange a ride home either with a designated driver, Uber/Lyft or a family member. The risk of driving under the influence is not worth it to you or others on the road. If you or a loved one suffers a personal injury over the holiday (or anytime), make sure that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your case. The Blaut Weiss Law Group offers more than 60 years of personal injury law experience to the residents of south Florida. To receive a free consultation, visit http://www.blautweiss.com/contact.php.