Tips To Keep You & Your Loved Ones Safe On St. Patrick’s Day

The Stromsoe Insurance Agency Total Protection Team would like to wish all of our friends and family a Safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day has become a big night out for many Americans. But it is also a very dangerous night out due to impaired drivers. This St. Patrick’s Day designate a sober driver before the parties begins.

– Americans who drive while impaired on St. Patrick’s Day make it a high-risk evening on the nation’s roadways.

– According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 32 percent of all traffic fatalities on the nation’s highways around St. Patrick’s Day in 2003 were the result of impaired drivers with blood alcohol content levels of 0.08 percent and above.

But much of this tragedy can be prevented by reminding all drivers of a few simple precautions. Whether you are just meeting a few friends at the corner pub or attending the big local parade or party, if you plan on using alcohol to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day:

1. Designate your sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys;

2. Don’t starve yourself before or during the party. Enjoy the food as well as the drink;

3. Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself – eat, take breaks, alternate with non-alcoholic drinks;

4. If impaired, don’t even think about getting behind the wheel. Ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend or family member to come and get you, call your local sober rides program, use mass transit, or stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober;

5. And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired.

If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party:

1. Serve lots of food — particularly high-protein dishes – and be sure to include lots of non-alcoholic beverages, desserts and coffee;

2. Be sure all of your guests designate their drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers; and

3. Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.

Most of all, have a great holiday and be safe…

Thankful to be able to protect you…please pass this on to anyone you know.

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