St. Patrick’s Day is Friday, March 17. Whether you’re celebrating the weekend before, that day or the weekend after, keeping yourself and others safe is important. Remember these tips from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA):
Attending a party or celebrating elsewhere?
- Before the party begins, designate a sober driver or plan another way to get home safely.
- If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend or family member to get you; or just stay in for the night.
- Use your community’s sober ride program.
- Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink.
- Always buckle up – it’s still your best defense against drunk drivers.
Hosting a party?
- Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.
- Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange alternate transportation.
- Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages.
- Stop serving alcohol at a certain point and begin serving coffee and dessert.
- Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who has had too much to drink.