The Luck o’ the Irish won’t get you home safely, but a sober designated driver will!

The long-established traditions of St. Patrick’s Day, like corned beef and cabbage, and shamrocks, go hand-in-hand with the tradition of drinking Irish beer. If you plan on participating in St. Patrick’s Day festivities, don’t forget to plan for a sober ride home. Volunteer to be the sober driver; plan for a sober ride home; plan for that extra guest to spend the night; collect the keys—in short, do what it takes to ensure a safe and fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day.

In 2016, there were 10,497 people who lost their life in a drunk-driving crash, a 1.7% increase from 2015. Exponentially more lives were forever changed by the loss of a parent, child, friend, or loved one.

In advance of the celebration, NHTSA would like to invite you to a Twitter Chat on March 14, 2018 from 3-4 p.m. ET to provide stats and information on buzzed driving prevention. Experts will be available to answer questions while you spread the word and encourage your followers to plan ahead. We’ve also got plenty of other resources available for you to help spread this life-saving message.

Who: NHTSA and our team of experts

What: St. Patrick’s Day Buzzed Driving Twitter Chat

When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 3 – 4 p.m. ET

How: Follow the conversation using the hashtag #BuzzedDriving. Feel free to mention @NHTSAgov in any of your tweets and we will get back to as many questions and comments as we can! Remember to include #BuzzedDriving in your comments so others can follow the conversation, too.

Invite your friends and followers to join us and help spread the important message about planning ahead, designating a sober driver, and not getting behind the wheel impaired. Buzzed driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning. Don’t rely on luck this St. Patrick’s day—get a sober ride home.

Follow NHTSA on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest recalls and safety campaigns.


NHTSA’s SaferRide app will help keep drunk drivers off our roads by allowing users to call a taxi or a friend and by identifying their location so they can be picked up.

Buzzed Driving

Additional Resources

>> Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

>> Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

>> Impaired Driving Information at 

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