Celebrate with Care!

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by many, whether of Irish descent or not. We here at Cooper Levenson want all of our clients, friends and family to celebrate with care.

On average, over 50 people are killed in traffic accidents over the St. Patty’s Day holiday. According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day holiday approximately 40% of all motor vehicle accidents resulting in fatalities involved drinking and driving.

Senseless carnage on the highway, resulting in death or serious bodily injury, can easily be avoided by following some very simple guidelines:

  • Always designate a sober and reliable driver in your party to get you home safely.
  • If you drink at all, and do not have a designated driver, use a taxi, Uber, Lyft or similar car service. The cost of a car service pales in comparison to the cost of having a serious motor vehicle accident or DWI arrest.
  • There are apps available to help you get home safely. The NHTSA has a SaferRide app. Go to https://one.nhtsa.gov/link/saferride/. SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend and identifies the user’s location so they can be picked up.

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun and enjoyable holiday where we get to enjoy time with our friends. Please be sure to keep it safe for yourself, your friends and family and all of your neighbors with whom you will be sharing the highway. In this manner, all of your St. Patty’s Day holiday memories will be fond memories!

Photo provided by the NHTSA

Date Published: February 12, 2018

Written by: Randolph C. Lafferty