I can’t let a St. Patrick’s Day go by without reminding everyone how your choices can have a life long impact on others. Please, I encourage you to have some fun with your family and friends BUT above all else, be responsible – be sure to have a designated non-drinking driver.
There were 276 drunk driving fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day from 2009-2013, making it one of the deadliest holidays on the road for drunk driving. – MADD.org
Hosting your own St. Patrick’s Day party? Here are some safe party tips from MADD.org:
- As guests RSVP, confirm that they have a plan for a safe way home via a non-drinking designated driver (rideshare service, public transportation, taxi, etc.).
- Offer non-alcoholic beverages or mocktails for non-drinking designated drivers and others who prefer not to drink alcohol. Create a fun green mocktail to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
- If, despite your efforts, some of your guests have had too much to drink, never let them drive home impaired.
More safe partytips can be found at madd.org/safeparty
Pledge to be Safe this St. Patrick’s Day
Pledge to be a designated driver, or pledge to drive drug and alcohol-free this St. Patrick’s Day. You could save your friends’ lives, or your own.