St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching. While the holiday this year falls on a Monday – March, 17 th – communities across South Carolina and the country will be celebrating throughout the weekend. Because parades, parties, pubs, and plenty green beer are likely on the agenda for many this weekend, George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers would like to remind local residents to stay safe when out and about and on public roadways.
The following are just a few tips for staying safe this St. Patrick's Day:
- Don't Drink and Drive – Like many holidays, St. Patrick's Day and St. Patrick's Day weekend sees historically high rates of alcohol-related traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities. If you'll be drinking green beer or other alcoholic beverages this weekend, designate a sober driver or plan for a ride in advance. Remember, car accidents caused by drunk drivers are preventable, and they can be held liable for any damages or injuries they cause.
- Watch out for Parades – St. Patrick's Day parades are a staple in many communities, and often take place on public roadways. The Charleston St. Patrick's Day parade draws thousands of participants and spectators, which increases the risks of accidents. If you are driving, be sure to be on the lookout for festivities, floats, and other features of parades – and remember to safely share the road.
- Be Careful of Intoxicated Pedestrians – Pubs and bars will likely be crowded with people, many of whom celebrate by drinking alcohol. Even if you choose not to drink and drive, it doesn't mean that you should let your guard down. Be cautious of intoxicated pedestrians, especially those who may spill out onto the streets or fail to use crosswalks.
- Be Mindful of Law Enforcement – As with most holidays, St. Patrick's Day will likely feature an increase in law enforcement patrols. This serves as further motivation to remain safe when venturing out on public roads and highways.
Statistically, St. Patrick's Day is a dangerous time for alcohol related accidents, which is why all South Carolinians should do their part to reduce risks. By remembering these few important tips, you can keep yourself and others around you safe this holiday.
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers has been representing injured victims and families throughout South Carolina for more than 35 years. If you or your loved has been injured by another's negligence – including injuries sustained in drunk driving accidents, our firm can help. Call 888-612-7001 for a FREE case review.