There will be events throughout the San Diego area to celebrate St. Patrick’s
Day. However, because many involve green beer and other alcoholic beverages,
law enforcement is warning drivers to celebrate responsibly.
“St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated saint’s
days in the world, but all too often it shares that great distinction
with a far lesser one – too many people are
driving drunk and killing or maiming themselves and others on the road as a result,”
said California Highway Patrol Officer Gil Hernandez. “Even if you
think you’ve had only a few drinks and are just feeling ‘buzzed,’
don’t kid yourself because Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”
In 2011, 3 people were killed and 96 seriously injured in traffic crashes
across California involving at least one driver or motorcyclist with a
BAC of .08 percent or higher, according to statistics compiled by the
California Office of Traffic Safety. Nationwide, 700 people were killed
in crashes involving drunk drivers on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday
during the period from 2006 to 2010. There were 129 lives lost in 2010 alone
With this in mind, we would like to share the CHP’s tips for a safe
St. Patrick’s Day:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin and designate a sober driver.
- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to
report them – Call 911!
- If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take
their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they
are going safely.