How Dangerous Are the Roads on St. Patrick’s Day?
Although St. Patrick’s Day is a tribute to the patron saint of Ireland, the holiday has become synonymous with partying, bar-hopping, and green beer. The drinking associated with this holiday increases the potential for drunk driving accidents. Although there are some steps you can take to stay safe on St. Patrick’s Day, accidents can happen. Contact our personal injury attorney if you sustain injuries in a car accident caused by a drunk or reckless driver.
A Closer Look at St. Patrick’s Day Accident Statistics
Throughout the St. Patrick’s Day period, between March 16 and March 18 in 2020, more than a third of crash fatalities involved a drunk driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Additionally, between 2016 and 2020, the NHTSA stated that 287 people died in drunk driving collisions throughout the same period.
No matter what day St. Patrick’s Day falls on, spirit sales see a substantial increase, further confirming that alcohol is a key element in contributing to road dangers. WalletHub stated that 153% more spirits are sold on this holiday, and the average number of drinks consumed is 4 per person.
What Are the Causes of St. Patrick’s Day Car Accidents?
Drunk driving is the most common cause of car accidents on St. Patrick’s Day. That said, alcohol is not the only culprit. Speeding and other reckless driving behaviors are also major causes of accidents that take place during this holiday. Moreover, pedestrian accidents also increase during this time since drunk drivers lack the normal reflexes and awareness that could help prevent some of these incidents.
To help stay safe, you may want to stay off the roads, if possible, during this holiday. To help keep others safe, plan ahead. Consider using a ridesharing service, public transportation, or assign a designated driver who can ensure you get home safely. You should also keep in mind that the most dangerous hours to be on the road during this holiday are between the hours of midnight and 3 am. Everyone enjoys a good party or celebration, but it is important to do what we can to keep our communities safe.
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