17 Mar Avoiding a St. Patrick’s Day Car Crash in Richmond
St. Patrick’s Day is the fourth-most popular drinking holiday in the U.S., trailing New Year’s Eve, Christmas and Independence Day, so revenue is expected to flow for Irish staple brands like Guinness.
46 minutes: Interval at which an alcohol-related car crash claims a life on St. Patrick’s Day
On a more sobering note, 276 people died in drunken-driving accidents on St. Patrick’s Day weekends between 2009 and 2013, according to Cars.com.
The most dangerous time to be on the road is reportedly between midnight and 5:59 a.m., so be vigilant and if you drink, enjoy that green beer responsibly.
The Paullin Law firm offers these tips to those who decide to join in the Richmond Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations:
- Make a plan. Choose a designated driver or plan to take a Taxi or Uber car. Choose to drive sober or ride with a sober driver.
- Buckle your seatbelt in the case of a possible accident caused by another driver.
- Choose to take the roads less traveled, fewer cars, less chance of accidents. People who are not responsible put you at risk on the road.
- Stick to speed limits.
- Try to stay off the roads after midnight.
- DRUGS, MEDICATION & ALCOHOL = CRASHES: Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed that more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.
Source: Avoid the 8 Humboldt County DUI Task Force
Have fun out and about in Richmond on Saint Patrick’s Day, be smart and be safe! In the event of a car accident or a traffic ticket or if you are ticketed with a DUI, call the attorneys at the Paullin Law Firm at 804-423-7423.
We’re experienced and we can help you.