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Published:March 8th, 2006 07:22 EST
Designated Drivers Bring More Luck Than Four Leaf Clovers On St. Patrick’s Day By Eric D. Miller

Designated Drivers Bring More Luck Than Four Leaf Clovers On St. Patrick’s Day By Eric D. Miller

By Leon (Producer)

(March 7, 2006) –   Every year on St. Patrick’s Day many Americans celebrate the holiday with green drinks, parades and parties at local pubs.  Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reminds party goers to designate a sober driver or use alternative transportation before St. Patrick’s Day celebrations begin.  “Designated drivers can bring someone more luck than a four leaf clover because the person may be alive to see tomorrow versus having their life cut short due to drunk driving,” said Glynn Birch, MADD national president.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 45 people were killed in alcohol-related traffic crashes on St. Patrick’s Day in 2004, representing 45 percent of those killed in all crashes that day.  Seventy percent of those killed were unrestrained by a safety belt at the time of the crash and/or were involved in an alcohol-related crash.   MADD aims to reduce drunk driving deaths (.08 BAC and higher) by 25 percent by 2008 in part by helping to achieve primary seat belt legislation in all 50 states.  There are still 27 states without a primary belt law that allows police to stop and ticket a driver for non-use of safety belt without requiring that the driver commit or be cited for another offense.

As part of the Designate a Driver campaign, MADD offers a Safe Party Guide, available on the MADD Web site. The guide includes non-alcoholic “mocktail” recipes and can be found at www.madd.org/party.  Guide tips include: urging party hosts to be responsible by offering a variety of non-alcoholic beverages for designated drivers; never serving alcohol to those under the legal drinking age of 21; asking guests to appoint a designated driver before the festivities begin; not letting guests mix their own drinks; and never allowing guests who have had too much to drink to drive home.   Most states have social host liability laws regarding adults providing alcohol to minors where adults can be held liable in most states when drinking by those under 21 occurs and if someone underage leaves a home under the influence of alcohol and then kills and/or injuries themselves or someone else. 

MADD’s mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. MADD is a 501 (c) (3) charity with approximately 600 offices and 2 million members and supporters nationwide. Founded in 1980, MADD has helped save more than 300,000 lives. For more information or to find your local chapter, visit www.madd.org.