AskPatty Promotes Safe Driving for Safe and Sober St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
St. Patrick’s Day has become a worldwide celebration of Irish culture in which people of all backgrounds take part in the festivities, which often include green beer, Irish whiskey, or other types of alcohol. However, revelers still have to get home from the party and drinking -- and driving just don't mix! According to MADD.com, drunk driving kills nearly 10,000 people in the United States each year and injures almost 350,000 more.
How can you ensure a safe and sober St. Patrick’s Day?
AskPatty offers these tips for your celebrations:
Be a Responsible Party Host!
Party hosts may be held responsible in a court of law if someone you served alcohol to ends up in a car accident. Make sure your guests have arranged alternate transportation before the party begins, or help them to set up alternate transportation. Take the car keys away from friends and relatives who have had too much to drink. Be sure to have a couple of taxi numbers on hand, or appoint your own designated driver to help drive your guests home. Tell your guests at the start of your party, and pass around a tip jar to help fill up your friends’ gas tank!
Choose one participant in your group to stay sober and play taxi driver. If it’s your turn to hold the keys, don’t resent your role as DD, as it offers many perks. Many pubs and restaurants will serve non-alcoholic drinks to the designated driver. Not only that, but telling the bartender that you are a DD could earn you a free cover, coupons for future visits, or other free goodies. (Plus you get the added benefit of knowing you’ll wake up in the morning without a hangover.)
Plan Ahead for a Safe Ride!
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created a comprehensive listing of sober/safe ride programs across the country. Click here to visit their comprehensive website to find a service in your area, and save the number in your cell phone so you always have it on you. (Please note: rates and availability subject to change).
Wherever you are, you can be über safe by hiring an Uber private driver for a reliable and convenient ride to and from your celebrations. The company, which has labeled itself as “the most reliable ride in cities around the world,” brags about its inexpensive pricing and simple operation. Just “Push a button, and you know you're getting a ride.” How does it work?
• Download the Uber mobile app (download at the Google Play store or at the Apple Store), ahead of time, and use its fare estimator to get an idea of what your trip should cost. Surge pricing could be active for black car requests to ensure you have a reliable ride when you need one.
• Request early. Uber’s drivers will be planning for late night and early morning rides, but be sure to check the app in advance of when you’ll need a ride to make sure you get where you need to go on time.
• Share the luck! If you use Uber to send friends a personal invite code, they’ll receive $10 off their first ride. Once they take that first trip, you’ll receive a $10 Uber credit reward!
Be My DD
BeMyDD is an affordable and responsible way to get you to your destinations. BeMyDD.com offers two unique designated driving solutions to ensure that you and those around you have an enjoyable time while keeping it safe. With the first option, their professional Designated Driver service will allow you to reserve a personal driver in advance to meet you at your location. The driver will take you to your destination(s) and then wait with your vehicle while you enjoy your time. When ready, return to your vehicle and allow the driver to safely transport you back to your original location.
If you've already driven somewhere and decide for whatever reason you shouldn’t be driving home, BeMyDD's pickup service is your second option. Simply make a reservation at 1-877-U-BEMYDD (1-877-823-6933) and a team of two drivers will be dispatched to take you and your car home. One of their drivers will drive you home in your car and the second driver will follow in the car the two drivers arrived in so he/she can pick up your driver when you reach your destination.
BeMyDD drivers are available on a first-come, first serve basis. The drivers are independently contracted and not on call. Please allow at least 2-3 hours advance notice for best results. BeMyDD also offers a downloadable app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows cell phones.
AAA Tipsy Tow Services
Depending on where you live, you may be able to benefit from the AAA Tipsy Tow program. Since its inception in 1998, this program has safely removed more than 23,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads. Although this service is offered in a number of states, it is not available in every city nationwide. Some state AAA branches offer it, and others don't. The service is designed to be used as a last resort and is offered based on availability of AAA Service Technicians and tow trucks during times of high call volume. It’s a good idea to check with your local Auto Club branch before you go out celebrating so you’ll know if the service is available to you.
We at AskPatty want you to have a safe and sober St. Patrick’s Day! Follow these words of wisdom from the AAA DUI Justice website: “Driving is a privilege that many Americans enjoy. Consuming alcoholic beverages is also something that many adults take part in. However, these two activities do not go together and should never be combined."
Keep their words in mind for your own St. Patrick's Day celebrations: "If you're driving, don’t drink. And if you're drinking, don’t drive.”