Although unknown to many in this country, Saint Patrick’s Day commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It also marks the death of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. March 17th, has more commonly become associated with celebrating Irish culture in America. This means pinching those who don’t wear green, eating corned beef and cabbage, and drinking Guinness and green beer.
It should not come as a surprise when I tell you that DUI arrests and drunk driving incidences skyrocket on Saint Patrick’s Day. As such, it should also not come as a surprise to know that law enforcement will be out in full force this Thursday to thwart those who think that they can drive home after drinking one too many green beers.
Bar-goers can expect increased an increased number of checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout Southern California in high traffic areas.
The luck of the Irish won’t keep you from getting busted for a California DUI, but there are a few things that you can do that will:
- Use public transportation, as difficult as this may be on an evening like St. Paddy’s Day. This means calling a cab, an Uber, a Lyft, or even taking a bus
- If you’re not up for waiting around for cab or ridesharing vehicle, plan on staying the night. Of course this is only an option if you attend a St. Patrick’s Day party as I doubt the bar will be okay with you sleeping it off under the bar.
- Appoint a designated driver. But it’s not enough to merely appoint the DD. You need make sure that they remain sober. Being a designated driver means actually remaining sober, not just drinking less that their passengers.
- Don’t drink. As difficult as this may be, it is the only surefire way to avoid a California DUI if you plan on driving this St. Patrick’s Day.