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Alarming Statistics About Drunk Driving on St. Patrick's Day

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Knoxville DUI defense attorneyCelebrating St. Patrick’s Day in jail is no one’s idea of a good time. Unfortunately, this will be the reality for at least several hundred Tennessee residents who get caught driving drunk on the holiday. There is nothing green you can wear in jail. They do not serve Guinness, and your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are virtually zero. If you drive drunk on St. Patrick’s Day, your luck may just run out.

Driving drunk is just one crime we can expect to see in greater-than-average numbers on what is supposed to be a fun day. If you do find yourself in the local jail on St. Patrick’s Day, you will want to speak to an attorney as soon as you can. There are many ways that an attorney can fight a DUI charge on your behalf. 

Drunk Driving Statistics for St. Patrick’s Day

DUIs on St. Patrick’s day have not been as numerous as they usually are these past few years. With COVID spreading like wildfire, masking rules, and limited public celebrations, many Tennesseans opted to celebrate safely at home. Now that COVID has become endemic, people have been vaccinated, and masking requirements have been lifted, more people are expected to go out to celebrate in bars, house parties, and public festivals. Unfortunately, a significant number of these partygoers will attempt to drive themselves home - with varying degrees of success. Alarming statistics for St. Patrick’s Day include: 

  • Fatalities - 38% of drivers who are killed in car crashes on St. Patrick’s Day have a BAC over 0.08%.
  • Partygoers - Nearly one in three adults will go to a St. Patrick’s Day event at a bar or restaurant. 
  • Late Night Crashes - A whopping 69% of fatal car accidents that occur between midnight and 6 am after St. Patrick’s Day - when people are returning home from parties - involve a drunk driver. 
  • Fatalities - Roughly 270 people are killed in drunk driving crashes each St. Patrick’s Day. 
  • Pedestrians - While drunk walking is typically safer than drunk driving, roughly one in three pedestrians killed by cars are also intoxicated. 
  • Twice the limit - Binge drinking is common on this holiday. Three out of every four fatalities caused by drunk driving will involve drivers with B.A.C.s more than twice the legal limit. 

Assaults also tend to increase on St. Patrick’s Day. Many of these assaults are bar fights, committed by intoxicated individuals. Some even occur in the aftermath of car accidents. If you choose to go out and celebrate, make sure that you have a sober ride home. If you walk, watch out. 

Call a Knox County DUI Defense Lawyer

If your holiday celebration goes wrong and you find yourself wearing orange rather than green, The Law Office of William F. Evans can help. Our Knoxville DUI attorneys are experienced at representing those accused of DUI. Call 423-449-7980 for a free consultation. 



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