St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the rich history and culture of the Irish. Unfortunately, it is also a day when many people make the decision to drive after they have been drinking. Between 2008 and 2012, there have been 268 lives claimed by drunk driving on St. Patrick’s Day—an average of 54 deaths on the day each year.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (M.D.O.T.) recognizes that St. Patrick’s Day parades are always popular events that offer fun and entertainment to Mississippians of all ages. M.D.O.T. would like to urge parade-goers to exercise caution and use good judgment when going to or leaving these parades. If you have been drinking, don’t get behind the wheel.
Drunk driving is a crime, a crime that can rob families of loved ones and turn a day of celebration into one of mourning.
Safe driving is about personal responsibility. So, whether you’re planning an extended St. Patrick’s Day celebratory weekend, or just an outing with friends and family on Monday, plan ahead for a sober ride home.
Speak out, designate a sober driver, and share, with family, friends and neighbors, the important safety message that drunk driving kills.
At M.D.O.T., we take drunk driving very seriously, and we need your help to make sure that your friends and loved ones do, too. Please help us spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving.
On Wednesday, March 12th at 2 p.m., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (N.H.T.S.A.) will host a Twitter chat on the dangers of drunk driving. The N.H.T.S.A. will be sharing stats, tips and ways to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day without drinking and driving. M.D.O.T. will be an active part of this chat and we welcome you to join in as well.
Here’s how you can join the chat. Follow @MississippiDOT and @NHTSAgov on Twitter. When you see this hashtag—#buzzeddriving—retweet it to remind your followers that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.
If you want to do more to fight drunk driving right now, here are a few ideas for tweets to share to get more people involved on March 12 to spread the word and save lives:
Don’t rely on luck to get you home safe this #StPaddysDay. Join @NHTSAgov and @MississippiDOT on 3/12 @ 2 p.m. to talk about #buzzeddriving
Think a 4 leaf clover will get you home safe on #StPaddysDay? Join @MississippiDOT & @NHTSAgov 3/12 @ 2 p.m. to avoid #buzzeddriving
No matter how much green you wear, it won’t save you if you’re #buzzeddriving. Follow @MississippiDOT & @NHTSAgov during #StPatricksDay
Get tips on how to stay safe this #StPatricksDay from @NHTSAgov. We’re joining their Twitter chat 3/12 @ 2 p.m. #buzzeddriving
The loss of life on St. Patrick’s Day—a day that should be about joy and celebration—is tragic. It’s also preventable, and it’s up to us to spread the word.
Help us let everyone know: it’s great to don the green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, but don’t even think about driving after you have been drinking.