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4 ways to stay safe on Ohio roads this St. Patrick’s Day

safe drivingWhether you are planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or not this year, you should be aware that the roads may be more dangerous than usual. Besides the ever-present threat of distracted and reckless drivers, authorities expect there to be an increase in drunk drivers.

Holidays and weekends are times when there is already an increased risk of drunk driving accidents. Since St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekend this year, this means the risk of being injured in an accident with a drunk driver is especially high. Below are four ways Ohio motorists can stay safer on the road this weekend.

  1. Don’t drink and drive. Do not drive while buzzed or drunk. Instead, call a cab, take the bus, get a ride with a friend, or spend the night at someone’s house and wait to drive until the morning. You do not have to put yourself or others in danger by driving drunk.
  2. Buckle up. It is always wise to wear your seatbelt while driving, as it can protect you even if you do get into a crash.
  3. Put your phone down. Being alert is crucial in staying safe on the road. When you are paying attention, you can better see another driver’s erratic behaviors or swerving and take steps to steer clear of that driver.
  4. Avoid late night driving, if possible. After midnight, it can be especially dangerous to be on the road, so consider adjusting your travel plans so that you do not have to drive during periods when it could be especially likely to encounter drunk drivers.

Between the motorists who commit to safe driving and the increased DUI enforcement patrols that will be in place, we hope that the number of DUI accidents will stay as low as possible this year.

However, if you or a loved one is injured in a crash this weekend, understand that you have the right to consult an attorney regarding legal action and compensation you may be eligible to receive.