St. Patrick’s Day is notorious for heavy drinking. This year, March 17th falls on a Thursday, and Michigan Traffic Crash Facts show that the closer you get to the weekend, the more crashes occur due to drunk driving.
If you attend St. Patty’s Day parties next weekend, make sure you practice safe driving habits. You do not want an OWI or worse on your conscience.
Plan your route home
When you go to celebrate, make sure you have a driving plan. Have a zero-tolerance policy for blood alcohol concentration if you want to drive home. Even though Michigan allows less than .08 BAC for driving, hold yourself to a higher standard. If you want to drink, have a ride-sharing app. Before you go out, know how you will get home. If you break your rule and have a few drinks, it is better to leave your car at a bar or friend’s house than endanger yourself and other drivers on the road. Settle for a minor inconvenience over a life-changing mistake.
Even if you follow your zero-tolerance rule, you cannot account for other drivers on the road. Be a defensive driver and give plenty of space for cars in front of you. Watch out for swerving cars or aggressive speeders. Drive the speed limit and do not give the police any excuse to pull you over. They will be on the lookout for drunk drivers too.
It is essential to be responsible on holidays like St. Patrick’s Day. Have a policy and stick to it. Nothing is worth an OWI charge.