Since St. Patrick’s Day is on a Saturday this year, it’s reasonable to assume that the parties are going to be bigger than usual. More people will likely start drinking earlier in the day, and they will probably end up drinking far more than they did last year as a result.
According to Fortune, partygoers around the world polish off 13 million pints of Guinness every March 17. The fact that many bars and restaurants offer festive cocktails and green brew in addition to this Irish favorite illustrates just how much people drink on St. Patrick’s Day.
If you are planning on celebrating the holiday by sharing a few toasts at your favorite watering hole, it is essential to plan ahead regarding transportation for the evening. Failing to designate a driver or hire a rideshare service could end in a catastrophic collision.
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How to Tell If You’re Too Drunk to Drive on St. Patrick’s Day
The state of Mississippi considers motorists who have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least 0.08 to be alcohol impaired; however, that does not mean those who have a BAC of 0.06 or 0.07 are capable of driving home safely.
At the end of the day, any amount of alcohol can impair judgment and inhibit reflexes. As a result, you should not plan on driving at all if you are going to drink on St. Patrick’s Day.
The only way to measure BAC accurately after a night of drinking is by taking a chemical test, like blowing into a portable breathalyzer device. Those who do not have access to a breathalyzer might track the number of drinks they consume over the course of the evening and compare that figure to the amount of time they have been celebrating. This approach might allow you to determine a fairly rough estimate of your BAC if you eliminate all kinds of variables, but bars are anything but controlled environments.
Trying to determine if you are sober enough to drive based solely on how you feel is also a bad idea. Firstly, alcohol impairs judgment, which means you may think you feel better than you actually do. Secondly, the effects of alcohol can arise gradually, so even if you feel find when walking to the parking lot, you could find yourself in serious trouble 15 minutes into the ride.
If you even have to consider whether you have surpassed the legal driving limit this St. Patrick’s Day, it is best to avoid getting behind the wheel altogether. Although calling a cab will help you avoid causing a collision, you cannot rely on other motorists to exercise the same caution.
If you sustained injuries in a crash with an impaired motorist, contact Heilman Law Group today. Call 601-914-1025 to schedule a case evaluation with a car accident lawyer in Jackson. You can learn more about drunk driving claims in Mississippi by visiting the USAttorneys website.