With nearly 32.3 million Americans claiming Irish descent, it’s no wonder St. Patrick’s Day has become one of our nation’s most celebrated holidays. While the holiday’s origin stemmed from the legacy of St. Patrick and his hope of converting the Irish population to Christianity by building schools, churches, and monasteries in Ireland, the festivities that take place throughout the U.S. today are far different than they were previously. The more modern and certainly more secular version of the holiday started with emigrants, particularly to the U.S., who transformed the celebration into a holiday of revelry chock-full of elaborate parades, shamrock symbols, and the color green.
With all the merriment that occurs every year on March 17, it’s not surprising that alcohol sales skyrocket as well. In fact,
bartenders across the nation frequently report their struggle trying to keep up with the number of requests for Irish-themed drinks. For example, according Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc., 13 million pints of Guinness (the most popular Irish dry stout originating from Dublin) are poured in the hours from 5–11 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day.
Because this holiday has nearly become synonymous with roistering parties, it’s also the cause for a major spike in alcohol-related crashes and DUIs. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that on St. Patrick’s Day between 2011 and 2015, there were 252 fatalities in car accidents involving drunk driving. If you’re planning on celebrating this joyous holiday by going out with your friends, make sure you make plans ahead of time — such as using alternative transportation, like Uber or Lyft — to ensure that you are able to enjoy your evening completely worry-free. That being said, our team here at Frye Law Group understands that you can’t plan for everything. If you are arrested for a DUI, we want you to know that you have options for St. Patrick’s Day And DUI Defense. We will aggressively work to help you avoid a conviction and minimize the consequences to your life. So as you put on your favorite green outfit and head out to frolic with your friends, do your best to plan ahead. Here are ride-share codes to help. If you’re using LYFT, type in code: KIM289808. For UBER, use code 9b4io. Otherwise, don’t hesitate to give us a call.