NEW YORK – Every year, millions of Americans head into the streets (and their local taverns) to celebrate the feast day of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick but many of the origins are seldom known.
For example, St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. Before sainthood, the man we now know as “Patrick” was born in Roman-occupied Britain and was brought to Ireland as a slave. Patrick would eventually convert much of the country from pagan beliefs to Christianity before his death on March 17, 461.
Today, more than 33 million Irish-Americans and descendants celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by combining corned beef and cabbage with green cocktails and pints of Irish beer.
While it all seems like good fun, the celebration is often ruined by drunk driving incidents.
“Over the last five years, there have been dozens of deadly crashes on St. Patrick’s Day in New York,” car accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Statistics show that most car crashes that happen on St. Patty’s Day involve a driver who is two times over the legal limit.”
According to WalletHub, a drunk driver will cause a deadly crash every 46 minutes on the Irish holiday. \
“Drunk drivers can get slammed with DUI charges or worse: vehicular manslaughter,” Barnes said. “The costs of fighting those charges are astronomical and it’s so much cheaper to call a cab.”
New York car accident attorneys suggest drivers be extra cautious on St. Patrick’s Day. Not only are police aware of the increase in drunk driving; sober drivers should be aware there could be more drunk or reckless drivers on the roads.