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Dangers for Sober Drivers on St. Patrick's Day

Posted on in Car Accidents

Dangers for Sober Drivers on St. Patrick's DayNo U.S. holiday is more associated with drinking than St. Patrick’s Day. Falling on a Saturday this year will only increase the number of people out celebrating. Lots of intoxicated people on the road means that there will be more instances of drunk driving. Local police are well aware of this and will be watching for people driving under the influence of alcohol. However, those who chose to stay sober face their own dangers. Sober drivers on St. Patrick’s Day must watch for intoxicated drivers and an increased police presence.

Personal Safety

You may celebrate the holiday responsibly by making sure you are not impaired before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. However, you should assume that someone else on the road is not being responsible. Unfortunately, drunk drivers often involve innocent drivers in their accidents, possibly causing serious injuries or death. There are several steps you can take to protect yourself and those who have chosen to drink too much:

  • Do not let intoxicated friends drive, whether it means driving them home or getting them a ride;
  • Watch out for drunk pedestrians who may behave erratically;
  • Remain attentive to other drivers and your surroundings;
  • Give other drivers ample space in case they act unexpectedly or react slowly; and
  • Contact the police if you witness a driver or pedestrian who is behaving dangerously.

Protecting yourself from a drunk driving accident also means understanding when you are impaired. Plan for multiple ways you can get home in case you are unable to drive yourself.

DUI Stops

Because of the increased police presence, there is a greater risk that police may stop you, even though you are sober. It could be for a minor traffic violation or at a DUI checkpoint. The officer may already be suspicious because of the holiday, and smelling alcohol on you will heighten those suspicions. Once an officer starts to suspect you are impaired, he or she can jump to conclusions that lead to your arrest. It is important that you are cooperative and act respectfully during the stop, even though you know you have done nothing wrong. Acting combative will only make the situation worse. If you are arrested for an erroneous DUI charge, a DUI defense attorney can find ways to fight the charge.

Safe Holiday 

A joyous St. Patrick’s Day celebration can turn tragic if you are injured in an accident with a drunk driver. A McHenry County personal injury attorney at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, can help you receive injury compensation from the driver at fault. Schedule a free consultation by calling 815-338-3838.



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