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March 14, 2019 - With St. Patrick’s Day falling on the same day as the NCAA basketball tournament’s “Selection Sunday”, no one will have trouble finding a reason to party this weekend. AAA is warning party-goers and sports fans to have a game plan for getting home if drinking alcohol is involved.
Since both days typically align with drinking, it could be an especially dangerous weekend on Oklahoma roads. “Anyone who plans to drink this weekend should also plan for a designated driver, ride share like Lyft or Uber or some other safe option that will keep you, your friends and everyone else from undue risk,” Leslie Gamble, AAA Oklahoma spokesperson, said. “The luck of the Irish isn’t enough to get you home safe.”
During the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day holiday, 528 crashes occurred in the state, according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. Ten people died. Forty-seven of the crashes were alcohol and/or drug-related.
Drinking also puts pedestrians at risk. “Walking near or on streets while intoxicated can also be deadly,” Gamble warns. “Without realizing it, your senses are dulled, decision-making isn’t sharp and decreased coordination can put you at risk of getting hit by a vehicle. Keep an eye out for cars, cross at intersections, and obey walk signals.”
AAA offers the following steps to have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day and Selection Sunday celebration:
If you’re hosting a party, here are tips for being a responsible host:
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