FUN FACTS: Contrary to popular belief, St. Patrick is not the patron saint of green beer. In fact, St. Patrick is not even Irish! (He was born in Roman Britain.) He was kidnapped at around age 14 and forced into slavery in Ireland as a sheepherder. St. Patrick used the shamrock in his religious teachings. He may, or may not, have driven the snakes out of Ireland. What, you may be wondering, does any of this have to do with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations? Very little, if anything, but… if you will be celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day, whether at a pub or hosting a party, before choosing your drink, choose your sober designated driver. Follow these safety tips for a safe St. Patrick’s Day.
- Designate your sober driver, or plan another way to get home safely before the fun begins.
- If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home. Call a friend, or family member to come and get you.
- Hosting a party? Host responsibly and have plenty of snacks, water, and other alcohol-free beverages. Prepare special items for MVP’s: the designated drivers. (Pot O’ Gold lottery tickets, anyone?) Be prepared for unexpected “tipsy” overnight guests.
- Take keys. Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink.
On St. Patrick’s Day and every day, don’t rely on the “luck of the Irish” to keep you safe. Be a smart leprechaun and always designate a sober driver. Failure to do so could result in severe penalties and financial loss.
Remember to buckle up; not only is it the law, but, it’s your best defense against a drunk driver in a crash.
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