St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, has unfortunately become a deadly day in the United States. This is due to a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities, a day when 30-40% of vehicle accidents are caused by DUI.

In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend more than a third (40%) of all crash fatalities involve drunk drivers, the most, not surprisingly, between midnight and 5 a.m. “During some St. Patrick’s Day weekends, half of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers,” said personal injury attorney Jeffery Robinette, founder of the Robinette Legal Group, PLLC.

Attorney Jeff Robinette Ilustrates Need for Driving Safety on St. Patrick’s Day

To help keep people safe this St. Patrick’s Day following the party, Robinette lists the following three tips:

No. 1: Ensure everyone has a safe ride home. “As guests RSVP, confirm that they have a plan for a safe way home via a non-drinking designated driver, such as Uber, Lyft, public transportation, taxi, etc.,” stressed Robinette. “Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving.”

No. 2: Have non-alcoholic options. Offer non-alcoholic beverages or fun, green mocktails for non-drinking designated drivers and others who prefer not to drink alcohol.

No. 3: Take away keys if necessary. “If, despite your efforts, some of your guests have had too much to drink, never let them drive home impaired,” concluded Robinette. “This is the best way to prevent DUI collisions, car accidents and fatalities.”

About Jeffery Robinette, Robinette Legal Group, PLLC

Jeffery Robinette is a National Board Certified Trial Attorney who has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He represents individuals who have been seriously injured or killed due to the irresponsible acts of an individual or company or have suffered financial losses due to property damage or professional malpractice. Robinette Legal Group restricts its practice entirely to litigating cases such as motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, defective product injuries, injuries to children and premises liability injuries. For more information, please call (304) 594-1800, or visit The law office is located at 211 Everhart Dr., Suite 200, Morgantown, WV 26508.

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Jeffery Robinette was admitted to practice law in 1991 and is licensed in all levels of state and federal trial courts in West Virginia. Mr. Robinette is also licensed in all state and federal appeals courts in West Virginia and the United States Supreme Court. As a National Board Certified Trial Attorney who has handled hundreds of motor vehicle, injury, and construction defect claims and a leading author on insurance claims settlement issues and difficulties in West Virginia, Jeff Robinette is uniquely qualified to represent your best interest.