In case you haven't heard, today, March 17, is St. Patrick's Day. This day of celebration unfortunately comes with an uptick in drunk driving auto accidents, as some people choose to drive home after a night of merrymaking. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 31 people died in drunk driving accidents on St. Patrick's Day in 2013.

St. Patrick's Day originated as a special feast day to celebrate Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. In the modern era, people across the globe celebrate Irish culture on this day. Enjoyment of Irish beers and cocktails, as well as traditional Irish foods like corned beef and cabbage, is common. Although many revelers celebrated this past weekend, some people will be celebrating tonight by visiting area pubs and restaurants. Remember these NHTSA tips to keep your St. Patrick's Day festivities fun by preventing auto accidents:

  • Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Driving while buzzed can be just as dangerous as driving at a greater level of intoxication.
  • Always designate a sober driver, or have an alternate plan for taking public transportation or a taxi.
  • Don't let friends or anyone you're with drive drunk.
  • Don't get in a vehicle with an intoxicated driver.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.

With these tips in mind, you can better ensure your St. Patrick's night will be a night to remember for fun, family, friends and joy, and not for a tragic accident that could have been avoided.