Road Safety this St. Patrick’s Day
St Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest and most celebrated days in the world. It is a day when we celebrate everything inherently Irish. There are green faces, parades, food and pints from Melbourne to Ennis where the “craic” is had by everyone who attends.
As people meet up with friends in towns and cities to enjoy each others company for the long weekend there is a high rate of alcohol consumed which has, in the past, lead to some unfortunate road accidents. A total of 54 people have been killed on Irish Roads over St. Patrick’s Day period since 2012 with another 749 arrests for driving under the influence (RSA.ie, 2018).
To help combat these figures we have put together a few helpful tips to make sure you stay safe over the weekend.
- Do Not Drink & Drive. Alcohol impairs your system putting you and other road users at risk. These include pedestrians and cyclists. Leave the car at home. Do not give yourself the option when you’re impaired.
- Plan Ahead: Take time to plan how you are getting home. Taxi and public transport should be used if you do not have a designated driver. Do not walk home. 1 in 3 pedestrians killed on Irish roads have alcohol in their system.
- The Morning After: Remember you still could be over the limit the next morning. It takes roughly 1 hour to get 1 unit of alcohol out of your system. A late night and a poor nights’ sleep will make the alcohol effects more severe the next morning.
- Count your Drinks: It doesn’t have to be militant counting but it is good to know in and around what you have had. The reason is so you can decide how long you need to leave it before you drive the following day.
- Don’t Believe Myths: The fry, the orange juice, the pear, and the 2 litres of water before bed. These all definitely help with a hangover by hydrating and providing energy but they do not eliminate it. Do not let this false sense of security get you behind the wheel before it is safe to do so.
- Buckle Up: Passengers are required by law to wear their seat belts. There is a close correlation between alcohol consumption and the non-wearing of seat belts in fatality statistics.
So wherever you are this weekend, have your face paint and green suit at the ready and don’t forget to be safe.