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Nikole K. Messerschmidt offers tips for a safe St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago




Lesson #6: Impaired Driving

By: Nikole K. Messerschmidt, attorney 

CHICAGO (March 16, 2017) – There is not much to look forward to in the month of March.

March usually involves more snow, cold weather and the longing for a tiny glimpse of Spring weather. There is however, one holiday in March that people anxiously wait for…. St. Patrick’s Day. The one day where everyone can be an Irishman and drink like one too.

St. Patrick’s Day is always a huge celebratory holiday, especially here in Chicago. The Chicago River is dyed green, bagpipes are played and the Guinness is flowing. The bars open in the wee hours of the morning so patrons can begin their celebration early with the iconic green beer.

Yet, with every celebration with drinking at its core, a word of warning must come with it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes. Of course, the risk of injury involving an alcohol-impaired driver is likely to increase on days where drinking increases, such as St. Patrick’s day. In fact, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most dangerous holidays of the year for drivers.

In order to have as much fun on St. Patrick’s Day while staying safe, remember to eat plenty of food throughout the day (you know there will be an abundance of corned beef and cabbage around), and when it’s time to move the party elsewhere or head home for the day, a designated driver or rideshare programs such as Uber or Lyft are your lucky charms. Not only will you not be putting yourself in a position to be behind the wheel after a day’s worth of drinking, but you won’t have to pay for parking either!


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