When you think of St. Patrick’s Day you probably think of good food, great beer, parties, and lots of green. But it is also known for OWI – operating while intoxicated. The statistics unfortunately back this up.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 252 people lost their lives in drunk driving-related crashes. These statistics were captured during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period from 2011 to 2015. Additionally 60 people died in OWI-related crashes in 2016. These shocking statistics demonstrate the dark sides of St. Paddy’s Day. This is why it’s important you plan ahead and put your safety first.
With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in full swing, we must be mindful that this year’s festivities are particularly special to people. After a whole year of lockdowns throughout the nation, it wouldn’t be surprising if partygoers made up for “lost time.” As such, our OWI lawyers share safety tips below to help you avoid getting charged with an OWI, or worse, getting injured or killed in a drunk driving crash.
Unfortunately, following all the tips above does not guarantee you will avoid an OWI charge this holiday. Racine and Kenosha Police officers are well-aware of what St. Paddy’s Day parties could lead to, which is why they work to identify and arrest OWI suspects as soon as possible. If you ended up in an unlucky situation, allow our Racine and Kenosha attorneys to be your first line of defense. To discuss your situation with us, contact us online or at (262) 632-5000!
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