Law Enforcement around Southern California are warning people to celebrate St. Patrick’s day safely, without drinking and driving.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, in 2016, 60 people were killed drunk-driving accidents nationwide over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend. Last year, in California alone, there were 148 arrests by the CHP for St. Patrick’s Day related DUIs. Also, in Caifornia, there were three deaths and 66 DUI related car accident injuries on St. Patrick’s Day.
A day of celebration and fun can quickly turn to a day of heartbreak and tragedy if a drunk-driving accident results in the personal injury or wrongful death of another. It is important to take precautions so no one gets hurt. Southern California law enforcement agencies recommend the following 6 ways to stay safe:
- Plan ahead—make sure you have a designated driver or a safe way home after your night out.
- Check out the state Office of Traffic Safety designated driver mobile app, DDVIP—it’s a free download on iOS and Android devices and gives you offers and discounts to sober designated drivers at participating bars and restaurants.
- Take advantage of rideshare services like Uber and Lyft.
- See if your community has a sober ride program.
- If your friends are planning to drive drunk, take the keys away from them and make sure they get home safely.
- Report drunk drivers to the police so Los Angeles roads can stay safe.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a drunk driving accident, contact to a skilled Los Angeles personal injury attorney at Walch Law. Our attorneys have more than 40 years of experience handling personal injury cases and can help you get the compensation you deserve.
We hope you all have a fun and safe weekend. Happy St. Patrick’s Day and drive safe!