Have You Been Injured? We're Ready to Fight for You.

Spend Your St. Patrick’s Day Safely in KY: Prevent Drunk Driving Crashes

Published on Mar 14, 2012 at 11:22 am in Auto Accident.

Kentucky St Patricks Day Drunk Driving Four leaf clovers, green beer, and shamrock hats are the familiar trappings of one day celebrated across the United States: St. Patrick’s Day! Although St. Patrick’s Day originated in Ireland and was created to honor Saint Patrick, one of the country’s most recognizable patron saints, it has become a favorite holiday stateside and a popular day to go out and enjoy traditional Irish food and drink. Though this holiday is one of the merriest of the year, it has also become dangerous as some partygoers may negligently choose to drink and drive.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 37 percent of motor vehicle-related fatalities during St. Patrick’s Day in 2009 involved at least one driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher, which exceeds the legal limit in all states. The NHTSA also reports that there were 103 fatal car crashes on this holiday the same year. In order to help Kentucky residents celebrate this holiday safely, Stopimpaireddriving.org offers these tips to help prevent drunk driving on March 17:

  • Before you head out to celebrate, plan a safe way home. Designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home, or have a friend or family member pick you up to get you home safely.
  • If no one is able to give you a lift, utilize public transportation or call a cab. Program the number of a taxi company in your cell phone before you leave home.
  • If available, use your community’s sober ride program for a safe ride home. Visit http://www.drinkinganddriving.org/tools/services.html for more information.
  • If you are out on the road and see someone who may be driving drunk, contact law enforcement immediately.
  • Lastly, ensure the safety of fellow partygoers; if you see someone is trying to drive after they have been drinking, take their keys and help them make arrangements to get home.

Following these drunk driving prevention tips can help residents across the Bluegrass State celebrate smart and avoid a dangerous accident. A drunk driving crash may still occur, however, if someone carelessly chooses to get behind the wheel after drinking. If you have been injured in a drunk driving collision caused by another person’s negligence, a skilled Louisville personal injury lawyer can help you obtain compensation to recover from your injuries and hold any at-fault parties legally accountable.

Meet Your Team

Tad Thomas - Trial Lawyer

Tad Thomas

Managing Partner

Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

Free Case Evaluation

At Thomas Law Offices, our personal injury attorneys recognize that our potential clients are likely going through some of the most difficult times of their lives. We don't want you to have to worry about paying out-of-pocket for legal advice when you're just starting to learn your legal rights and options. That's why we provide free case evaluations. We'll offer our expert advice about your potential case and walk you through how we can help you.

Call us or fill out the form below to tell us about your potential case and a personal injury lawyer will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Legal & Firm News

What You Need to Know About Business Litigation and Contingency Fees

If your business has ever been involved in a legal matter, you may be surprised to hear the two phrases together: business litigation and contingency fees. Traditionally, it has been more common to associate a contingency fee model with personal injury law involving individual parties rather than businesses. But this is no longer always the […]

Read More

Signs of PTSD in Military Service Members

It’s estimated that up to one-third of military service members suffer from PTSD. PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition that can develop following a traumatic event. This usually means an event involving actual or threatened death, serious injury, or abuse. People who have seen combat, witnessed death, or experienced a life-threatening situation […]

Read More

AAA Conducts Study Examining Travel Before and During COVID-19

In 2021, new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s New American Driving Survey revealed shifts in driving, traveling, and commuting patterns in the United States. The statistics gathered between July 2019 and December 2020 cannot be analyzed without consideration of COVID-19’s unignorable impact on the numbers—numbers showing marked differences from previous years’ findings.

Read More