Every year, thousands of lives are lost due to impaired driving on holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, over 700 people died from 2006-2010 on St. Patrick’s Day alone because of drunk driving.
That’s why this year we’re talking about more than shamrocks. On Tuesday, March 12, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hosting a Twitter chat to discuss the dangers of buzzed and drunk driving. Starting at 2 pm ET,NHTSA safety experts will be on hand to answer your questions about buzzed driving. They’ll be sharing facts and tips for how to keep safe and make certain you can enjoy the party while still getting home alive.
- A person is killed every 51 minutes from drunk driving.
- 129 people in 2010 died on St. Patrick’s Day because of drunk driving.
- Plan a safe way home BEFORE the party starts.
- If you see someone driving buzzed on the road, call your local law enforcement.
We want people to know the very real risks of driving buzzed. It can result in jail time, loss of driver’s license, or, worst of all, loss of life. You have the power to help. Come join NHTSA on 3/12 at 2pm, ET, on Twitter. Follow the hash tag #buzzeddriving and ask questions.