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Don’t Let Your St. Patrick’s Day End in a Drunk-Driving Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 16, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is a popular day to celebrate with family and friends for large numbers of U.S. residents, including those in Washington State. Unfortunately, many people include alcohol in their celebrations without thinking about how to get home safely – resulting in serious and tragic Washington drunk-driving accidents that can injure or even kill anyone involved.

In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 103 people lost their lives in car accidents in St. Patrick’s Day, and thousands more were injured nationwide. Over one-third of those who died were involved in a crash with at least one driver whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was above 0.08 percent – the legal limit in all 50 U.S. states.

If you’re planning on going out for St. Patrick’s Day and enjoying an alcoholic drink or two, be smart. Figure out ahead of time how you’re going to get home in a safe, sober fashion, whether that’s riding with a designated driver, calling a cab, or walking. Or join those who have decided to take their safety and their friends’ safety one step further and volunteer to be the designated driver yourself. Read the rest »

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