Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy,
St. Patrick’s Day, the cultural and religious celebration traditionally observed on March 17, was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, especially the Church of Ireland.
The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.
Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilí (traditional Irish gatherings), and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.
After attending church services, the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.
Oh boy another reason to drink! Don’t get me wrong, moderate social drinking is OK with me.
If fact I’ll have my share of green beer. It’s just the drinking while driving that I can’t encourage.
You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and traffic accidents don’t discriminate based on nationality.
Each year, the green beer often flows too freely for revelers, making it a dangerous time to drive.
Now here’s the car talk: the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) says a sober driver will be your luckiest charm this St. Patrick’s Day.
If you plan to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day, follow these tips to stay safe:
•Before leaving to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year, decide whether you’ll drink or you’ll drive. You can’t do both.
•If you’re planning on driving, commit to staying sober. If you’ve been out drinking and then get behind the wheel, you run the risk of causing a collision or getting arrested for a DUI.
•If you have been drinking, call a taxi, Uber, a sober friend or family member. Also, try NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, which helps users call a taxi or a friend for a ride home and identify their location so they can be picked up.
•Help those around you be responsible, too. Walking while intoxicated can also be deadly, as lack of attention could put you at risk of getting hit by a vehicle.
If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel and help them find a sober ride home.
•If you see someone who appears to be driving drunk, call the police. Your actions could help save a life.
And the best advice of all: plan a sober ride home before the party begins.
Don’t wait until you’ve already been drinking to make your transportation decision. Designate your sober driver in advance, and never get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking
Hope this helps
The Hemet Car Guy
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