St. Patrick’s Day, dangerous day to be on road

Here in Murfreesboro, there are lots of fun places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and other holidays. But if you drink, we would encourage you to have a plan to get home that doesn’t involve you driving.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office recently announced that deputies will conduct a sobriety checkpoint ahead of St. Patrick’s Day from 10 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 16 on U.S. Highway 70 South (John Bragg Highway) near Mt. Herman Road.

“We recognize that the celebration of St Patrick’s Day often involves drinking,” said Sheriff’s Cpl. Michael Rodgers. “We will be conducting a traffic saturation and DUI checkpoint to ensure motorists are driving responsibly.”

St. Patrick’s Day coincides with many schools and colleges during spring break, the approach of warmer weather and more drivers on the roads.

“While Rutherford County has traditionally not had a major issue with traffic safety related to the St Patrick’s Day celebration, we intend to keep it that way,” Rodgers said.

And while that may not be the case in Rutherford County, national statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration show that 60 people were killed in drunk driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period in 2016.

St. Patrick’s Day, along with the Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve and Thanksgiving Day, is among the most dangerous days to be on the road. Holidays are generally joyous occasions spent with family and friends. People like to let loose, and some feel that alcohol can help in social situations – especially if your in-laws are staying at your house for an extended amount of time. It’s no wonder that the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States makes more than 25 percent of its profits from Thanksgiving to the New Year.

But being over-served at a party or a pub could turn a good time into a tragedy. You could wind up in jail or worse. On this St. Patrick’s Day – and on all holidays or any time you’re planning on drinking – we highly recommend that you have a plan for getting home before you leave the house.

Make sure you know the number of a local cab company. Download ride share apps like Uber or Lyft. Whatever you do, don’t wait until you’re too impaired to decide.

If you need information about DUI law, contact The Law Offices of Joshua T. Crain.