Cleveland is one of the most popular cities for St. Patrick’s Day between the annual parade, renowned corned beef meals, unique breweries and all around Irish cultural fun. Our parade was even recently named the top 10 “most festive” parades in the country!
City officials, police and services like the RTA Rapid, Uber and other taxi companies are working to make this day a fun, safe holiday for all to enjoy. However, we should not put all the responsibility on our city officials—every individual needs to take full accountability for him or herself on this merry day.
Drunk driving accounts for 1.5 million nationwide arrests each year in the United States.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that a whopping 1/3 of the people arrested for drunk driving will be repeat offenders!
After 34 years of representing victims of drunk drivers, I can tell you that driving under the influence is nothing to joke about. The lives of victims and their families hurt or killed by drunk drivers is forever altered.
There were 1,111 fatalities in the state of Ohio last year, and alcohol-impaired drivers accounted for almost 400 of those.
Don’t be another statistic on this St. Patrick’s Day. Drinking while driving is dangerous to yourself and others, so plan ahead and use these tips:
- Designate a sober driver
- Walk if you are in walking distance
- Use public transportation (RTA or RTA Rapid)
- Use taxi services (Uber, Lyft, local taxi cab companies)
Before doing anything, plan your transportation before you start festivities! If you have a plan, you will be more likely to stick to it. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Be safe, be vigilant, and have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 1 (800) 556-4769.