St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon—a great time of year to celebrate Irish heritage and have a good time. However, this is also one of the most dangerous times for drivers on the road, as drunk driving accidents tend to skyrocket around the holiday. The dangers of drunk driving can be serious.
The CDC says that nearly 30 people die per day in the US as the result of an impaired driver operating a motor vehicle. In fact, this is one of the most common causes of death for people under 40, and is also especially dangerous for motorcyclists. In recent years, an average of 1.3 million drivers are arrested annually for driving under the influence. Don’t let it be you.
How can you avoid driving while impaired? The safest thing to do is avoid driving if you have had any drinks. Calling a cab is easier than ever thanks to apps like Uber, making it easy to find a ride home no matter what. Ignition interlocks are also available regardless of whether or not you’ve been arrested for a DUI. This device forces you to blow a safe blood alcohol concentration (usually around 0.02% to 0.04%) before it will start.
Know how alcohol affects you. Beer usually contains around 3.5% to 6% alcohol, wines have anywhere from 10% to 20%, and distilled liquors tend to have 45% to 80%. However, fortified alcohols can have increase these numbers, and some distilled beverages have as much as 95% alcohol (making them illegal in some states). Rate of consumption is just as important as alcohol concentration – know your limits.
These are just some of the basics when it comes to ways to avoid drunk driving. Try preparing for these situations by having a designated driver, taking keys from friends who are impaired, and offer alcohol-free beverages if you host a party.