According to NHTSA fatal-crash data, in 2016, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Paddy’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18).
Every year, without fail, roughly one-third of deaths in motor vehicle crashes are due to someone making the selfish and often deadly choice to drink and drive.
It’s illegal everywhere in the United States to drive with a blood alcohol content over.08%. There is a zero a tolerance to drink and drive. Any amount of alcohol can result in a DUI/OVI arrest.
It’s essential that you make a plan before the party. Alcohol impairs judgement. You cannot make a safe decision if you’ve already been drinking. With the multitude of safe, convenient choices for getting around these days there is no excuse to drive after drinking. Whether it’s a taxi, car service, a trusted sober friend, or public transportation, there are always alternatives. There is no such thing as “Okay to Drive”. A single drink makes driving more dangerous. You can drink or you can drive. You cannot do both because you risk your life and the lives of others.