My husband and I have quite the opinion on drinking and then getting behind the wheel. We don’t do it! Not in the slightest! Whenever we go out, party, restaurant or anywhere, if one of us has anything to drink, the other one drives. One drink, one sip even, we don’t drive. My husband and I are not drinkers and we are very sensitive to the effects, but we honestly feel that no one should drink at all and then drive.
We’re certainly not going to ride with you or allow you to drive our children after you have had something to drink. It’s not worth the risk!
For many Americans, St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular night out for drinking and celebrating with friends and family. Unfortunately, some of these people might also be driving home from their festivities and therefore, the night out has also become potentially dangerous.
Do we believe that people should have the opportunity to let loose and have some fun?
Of course we do, and I’ve been known to drink myself! I just ask that you plan ahead.
On St. Patrick’s Day 2009, 37 percent of the drivers and motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above, according to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
So this year on St. Patrick’s Day, PLAN AHEAD. Please find someone to drive for you before you arrive at the party, or have a party at someone’s house who is willing to take the keys when you enter. Know the number of a taxi company and call them to come pick you up. Be ready to take a bus or some other form of public transportation, just do not get behind that wheel after you have been drinking.
Even if you will not be celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day, keep in mind that in 2009, 1,119 occupants of other vehicles were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers, so pay attention to others on the road. And remember, you don’t have to be “falling down drunk” to be too impaired to drive safely. Even a few drinks can impair driving…and a buzzed driving crash has the same consequences as a drunk driving crash.
I wrote this as part of an UNPAID campaign with Global Influence.