Saint Patrick’s day is just around the corner, and for many people, that means it is going to be time to celebrate. What began as a minor, more provincial holiday has now grown into an international phenomenon. Now communities across the globe use Saint Patrick’s Day as a chance to celebrate Irish culture and have a good time. This year, Saint Patrick’s Day falls on Wednesday, March 16. Before you dive into the festivities, there are a few safety concerns that you should consider.
Although Saint Patrick’s Day is rooted in Catholic traditions, it has in large part become a secular holiday. People celebrate be dressing up in green, throwing parades, eating Irish traditional food, and drinking. Mostly they celebrate by drinking. Of course, drinking and driving in NEVER acceptable. The legal limit is .08 BAC. However, it is possible to be impaired well before that point. If you are going to be consuming alcoholic beverages on Saint Patrick’s Day, arrange transportation home ahead of time. And remember, other people might not be as safe as you. Keep an eye on for drivers behaving erratically. Practice the tenants of defensive driving. It is always better to be safe than sorry!
As we just mentioned, many people celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day by wearing green. In fact, it has widely become a tradition to assault (pinch) individuals who are not wearing green. You don’t have to wear a lot of green, even just a button will do, but if you want to avoid the constant harassment of friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers, you should make sure you are wearing a little green for Saint Patrick’s Day.