Staying safe on the road is especially important during the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Although this time of year is a great moment to celebrate Irish heritage, it is also important to remember the dangers of drinking and driving. This holiday is one of the most dangerous for those on the road, making it important to understand the effects of impaired driving.
About 30 people die per day of alcohol-related accidents, according to the CDC, amounting to one death every 51 minutes. This is actually one of the primary causes of death for young people, and alcohol-related crashes also generate roughly $59 billion in damages per year. This is no small matter.
What can you do? Plain and simple, if you drink, don’t drive. Try getting a taxi, or bring a designated driver. If you plan on drinking, it is best not to drive to your destination in the first place. Don’t let your friends drive either – taking their keys away could save their life. If you host a party, consider giving non-alcoholic drinks as well.
Know how alcohol affects you. Beer and wine typically contain smaller amounts of alcohol than mixed drinks, and pure liquor can have up to 95% alcohol (though most top-shelf liquor has around 45%). The frequency of consumption is also important – you should try not to have more than one drink (12 ounces of beer, one 5 ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits). Otherwise, you are likely close or over the legal limit to drive.
Be smart while celebrating!