Luck Won’t Keep you Safe this St. Patrick’s Day!

4-leaf-cloverSt. Patrick’s Day is a popular day to wear green…all green, everything; pinch those who aren’t; have fun at parades (http://www.paradegroup.com/) and enjoy some festive green drinks (if you’re at least 21+ years of age)! We want you to have a great holiday, but to be safe as well! Over St. Patrick’s Day from 2009 to 2014, there were a total of 305 lives lost in drunk-driving crashes. Drunk driving kills over 10,000 people a year in the US, which is 100% preventable! You can bet your Lucky Charms there will be alcohol checkpoints happening and law enforcement on patrol throughout the area surrounding St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Don’t rely on the luck of the Irish to stay safe this holiday, designate O’ sober driver!

st-patricks-day-beerPlan Before You Party

• Before celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year, decide whether you’ll drink or you’ll drive. You can’t do both.
• Designate a sober, reliable driver to get you home safely from your celebrations.
• Check your area for St. Patrick’s Day Safe Ride Home Programs!

Saint-Patrick’s-Day-17-March-2014-Wallpaper Important Things to Remember
• There’s no such thing as “OK to Drive.” Play it safe and never drive after having even one drink. Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
• The rate at which alcohol affects you varies and is often based on factors such as alcohol content, body weight, food consumption, and how fast you drink your alcohol.
• Walking home from the bar after a night out partying? That can be dangerous, too. In 2014, 35 percent of the pedestrians killed in crashes had BACs of .08 or higher. Get a sober friend to walk home with you.
• If you see someone driving drunk, call 911 (*LSP is also an option in Louisiana) when it’s safe to do so, and give a description of the vehicle and approximate location to law enforcement. With one third of all crash fatalities in the United States involving drunk drivers, it is your business. Getting drunk drivers off the roads saves lives.
• If you know someone who is about to drive drunk or ride with someone who is impaired, help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. If a friend is drunk and wants to drive, take the keys away. Don’t worry about offending someone—they’ll thank you later.

Baton Rouge St. Patrick’s Day Safe Ride Home Programs:

DeBossier Injury Lawyer: http://www.dudleydebosier.com/in_our_community_item?id=62103

Uber: New Riders can get $20 off their first ride. http://www.uberbatonrouge.com/promo.php

Find a Four Leaf Clover and Make a Promise to Stay Sober! Drinking & driving is a dangerous crime, and although you may think you are ok to drive, the outcomes can ruin your life…or someone else’s! Enjoy a safe and fun St. Patrick’s celebration.

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kids’ safety. If you have any questions about Traffic safety and injury prevention, feel free to post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225.372.3991.

Co-written by: Haley Taylor, 2016 Spring SLU Intern

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