St. Patrick’s Day is one of America’s most widely celebrated holidays, for the Irish and non-Irish alike.
Sadly, the night often ends with drunk drivers on the road, which pose a threat to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
In 2016 alone, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, between 6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18. Not only is this behavior deadly, it’s illegal.
For that reason, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will be out in full force to make sure that drivers are sober.
March 17 has become a dangerous holiday on our nation’s roads. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, during the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, almost two-fifths, 39 percent, of motor vehicle crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. The early hours of March 18 didn’t fare much better.
Between midnight and 5:59 a.m., nearly three-fourths, 69 percent, of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. From 2012 to 2016, almost two-fifths, 38 percent, of the drunk-driving fatalities during this holiday period involved drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) well above the .08 limit, with 269 drunk-driving fatalities total. Drivers should also keep an eye out for pedestrians who have had too much to drink. Walking while intoxicated can also be deadly, as lack of attention to their surroundings could put pedestrians at risk of getting hit by a vehicle.