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It’s time to plan ahead for St. Patrick’s Day 

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2024 | Firm News

As most American adults are aware, St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated on March 17th, is a festive occasion that honors the patron saint of Ireland. Over time, this day has evolved into a global celebration of Irish heritage, marked by parades, wearing green and, for many, enjoying green beer and other alcohol.

Because law enforcement officers are also broadly aware of the fact that St. Patrick’s Day is recognized as a “drinking holiday,” their impaired driving patrols tend to increase on the night of the 17th. For this and many other reasons, it’s important to plan ahead to celebrate responsibly and minimize your risk of being charged with a DUI.

What are your options for avoiding a DUI?

The following are some strategies to keep in mind as you’re working out how you’ll go about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day safely:

  • Designate a sober driver: Before celebrations begin, decide on a designated driver who will abstain from drinking to ensure everyone gets home safely. Alternatively, plan ahead for rideshare or public transportation options. 
  • Stay where you are: If possible, plan your celebration at a location where you can stay overnight. For example, many hotels offer special rates for holiday events, allowing you to enjoy the festivities without worrying about getting home afterward.
  • Host your own party: Consider hosting a St. Patrick’s Day gathering at your home. This way, you can control the environment, including the availability of alcohol, and you can work to ensure that your guests have options to stay over or secure a safe ride home.

You’ll also want to familiarize yourself with the local laws and penalties related to DUI. The repercussions of a DUI conviction can include hefty fines, license suspension and even jail time, not to mention the long-term impact on your criminal record and auto insurance rates. Understanding what you could be facing if you fail to make informed choices can inspire you to safeguard your interests more proactively. 

With all of this said, should a mistake or misunderstanding occur on St. Patrick’s Day – and you find yourself arrested for impaired driving – understand that you don’t have to navigate your circumstances alone. Seeking legal guidance right away can help you to protect your rights and explore your defense options. 



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