Don’t rely on luck this weekend

For some celebrants, not all of whom are Irish, St. Patrick’s Day weekend has begun.

That’s right, weekend. Especially because St. Patrick’s Day is on Sunday this year, some people will be celebrating it well before March 17.

As our friends at Seneca County Safe Communities note, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the unluckiest days of the year on the roads. Typically, the holiday brings a spike in alcohol-related driving fatalities.

Seneca County Safe Communities has these suggestions for a safer St. Paddy’s Day season:

• Before celebrating, decide whether you’ll drink or you’ll drive. You can’t do both.

• If you plan to drive, commit to staying sober. Driving intoxicated runs the risk of getting arrested for DUI, causing a crash, or even harming yourself or others.

• If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver or take public transportation. Think a cab is too expensive? Driving under the influence can cost you $10,000.

Don’t rely on the luck of the Irish to avoid this form of March madness.