Center for Injury Research and Prevention

St. Patrick's Day Safety - Flashback Friday

March 16, 2018
St. Patrick's Day Safety

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, a time to celebrate all things Irish and also a time to remind teens to be safe. In 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29 people died each day in crashes involving an intoxicated driver. On St. Patrick’s Day of that year, 60 died due to drunk driving. While young drivers are less likely than adults to drive while impaired, their crash risk is substantially higher when they do.

To help lower this spike in impaired-driving related fatalities on this celebratory day, encourage parents to remind their teens -- whether still at home or away at college -- to avoid the regret, avoid impaired driving. This safe driving behavior also applies to accepting rides from friends who may be intoxicated.

Today's Flashback Friday features a blog post from Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE that shares tips for parents to help their teens avoid impaired driving and how to improve communication.

Here are other  helpful resources to share with parents and teens developed by the Teen Driving Safety Research team at CHOP to avoid impaired driving:

  • Click here to watch a video on improving parent-teen communication.
  • Click here to learn about developing a code word to keep teens safe.
  • Click here to access DUI facts and stats
  • Click here to learn about impaired driving laws

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