It’s St. Patrick’s Day and the green beer will be flowing tonight! If you’re planning to partake of the festivities tonight, be sure to plan for the safety of yourself and others first.
Here are some tips to ensure that you’re not relying on luck to have a safe, fun St. Patrick’s Day whether it’s at home or out on the town.
If you are hosting a party:
- Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.
- Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange alternate transportation.
- Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
- Stop serving alcohol some time before the end of the party and begin serving coffee and dessert.
If you’re going out, there are plenty of alternatives to driving. Take public transportation, or designate a driver who’ll stay sober and see to it that everyone in your party gets home safely.
In the Washington, D.C., area, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program sponsors SoberRide; you just call 1-800-200-TAXI (8294) and you can get a cab ride worth up to $30 for free. Most major metropolitan areas offer similar services. Or maybe you should just stay where you are; Hotel Tonight is a great app for finding a discounted hotel nearby.
You can read more tips at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.
By Nathan Erb