It is not the worst or most dangerous day of the year to travel, but St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most dangerous of the year to venture out on the roads.
According to national transportation figures, St. Patrick’s Day is the 10th most dangerous day of the 365 (or in 2020, 366) of the year to drive.
The top 10 most dangerous days on the road are: Memorial Day, the start of daylight savings time, Black Friday, NFL game day, Friday the 13th, New Year’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and, finally, St. Patrick’s Day.
The driving hazards for most of these high-risk days are due to more traffic on the roads on holidays. On others, such as St. Patrick’s Day, the higher risk is because there is a higher percentage of drunken drivers on the road.
St. Patrick’s Day is known for green hair, green beer, and unfortunately, more drinking. If there is a title for “mother of all drinking holidays,” then St. Patrick’s Day is probably it. This is why it is one of the most dangerous 10 days of the year to drive according to statistics from the federal National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
Statistics from the NHTSA show that 276 people were killed over St. Patrick;s Day weekends from 2009 to 2013. In fact, two of every five accident fatalities, or 40 percent, on St. Patrick’s Day involved drunk driving. Not surprisingly, after midnight is the worst time to be on the road.
If you plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a few drinks, it would be best to have a designated driver on that day.
No one plans to have an accident, but if you are injured in one, call the experts at the Ehline Kaw Firm APLC. All initial consultations are free. They answer the phone and, in some cases, they can cover your medical expenses upfront.