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St. Patrick’s Day Drunk Driving: Safeguard Yourself with 3 Essential Tips

Published on March 13th, 2024 by The Illinois Hammer Injury Law Firm

As the green-tinted festivities of St. Patrick’s Day approach, everyone eagerly anticipates the annual celebrations – the river dying, parades, bar crawls, and more. However, amidst the celebratory libations, it’s crucial to address a sobering reality: the dangers of drunk driving. At The Illinois Hammer, we are deeply committed to promoting safety on our roads and ensuring that everyone can experience the luck of the Irish for the day and enjoy the holiday responsibly. Let’s delve into some alarming statistics and safe alternative options to prevent drunk driving accidents this St. Patrick’s Day.

The Harsh Reality of Drunk Driving in Illinois by the Statistics

According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 47% of Illinois motor vehicle fatalities involve alcohol.[1]  Here are the fast facts of drunk driving in Illinois as reported by The Secretary of State, Alexi Giannoulias based on the latest data where men and women are equally split in terms of licensed drivers. [2] 

  • 21,203 DUI arrests were recorded by the Secretary of State’s office.

    • 26% of those arrested for DUI were women  
    • 74% of those arrested for DUI were men 
  • Males ages 25-34 had the highest DUI arrest rate (about 6 per 1,000 licensed drivers). 
  • 86% of all drivers arrested for DUI are first offenders. 

St. Patrick’s Day and Drunk Driving

As the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States, Illinois’ festivities draw crowds from near and far. However, the influx of revelers also brings an increased risk of alcohol-related accidents. Statistics show that St. Patrick’s Day consistently ranks among the deadliest holidays for drunk driving incidents. [3] Amidst the sea of green, it’s imperative to prioritize safety and responsible decision-making. These preventable incidents not only result in tragic loss of life but also cause devastating injuries and emotional trauma for victims and their families.

Legal Consequences of Drunk Driving

Beyond the immediate safety concerns, it’s essential to understand the legal ramifications of drunk driving. In Illinois, DUI (Driving Under the Influence) laws are strict, with penalties ranging from fines and license suspension to imprisonment for repeat offenders. Moreover, individuals who cause accidents while driving under the influence may face civil liability for damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

3 Tips to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Safely

  1. Plan Ahead: Figure out which public transportation choice works the best for you, plan to use a rideshare service, or designate a sober driver in your group.
  2. Stay Informed: Familiarize yourself with local resources and programs aimed at preventing drunk driving, such as designated driver services or community initiatives.
  3. Buckle Up: It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.

Seeking Legal Guidance After Injury

If you or a loved was injured by a drunk driver, it’s crucial to seek legal guidance promptly. At The Illinois Hammer Injury Law Firm, our team with over 30 years of experience is dedicated to advocating for victims of drunk driving and pursuing justice on their behalf. We provide compassionate support and aggressive representation to ensure that our clients receive the compensation they deserve.

The Illinois Hammer Injury Law Firm is an ally after a drunk driving accidents. Call us at 888-7-Hammer (888-742-6637) today for a free case assessment.

Driving under the influence is a criminal offense; it’s important to know that a criminal prosecutor may be needed as well.

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