As we approach St. Patrick’s Day this week, we want everyone to celebrate responsibly. Here are some tips to help you safely navigate the festivities this year.
Have a plan for getting home safely
If you’re going out to a bar or party, ensure everyone in your group has a safe means of returning home. Select a designated driver, plot a bus route or arrange a ride. The Stay in the Blue App has a useful list of phone numbers and links for local transportation including taxi companies, SafeRide and ridesharing service. Use the app to quickly connect you to a ride.
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays due to the number of drunk drivers on the road. If you are driving, remember you are responsible for the safety of everyone in the car. Never drink and drive. Legally, impaired or “buzzed” driving is drunk driving. Local law enforcement will be conducting impaired driving patrols in Ann Arbor throughout the weekend. Whether you’re driving or just crossing the street on foot, keep your awareness levels high.
Use the buddy system
Plan ahead by taking a trusted friend who has your best interests in mind. Stay together! Look out for the safety of your friends and talk to them about doing the same for you.
Eat and stay hydrated
Make sure you eat well and stay hydrated throughout the day. An effective tip is to eat food with protein and fat before and during drinking. It also helps to alternate a non-alcoholic beverage, such as water, with any alcoholic drinks you consume. Eating and drinking water also can decrease the likelihood you’ll have a hangover.
Leave valuables at home
Make sure you don’t leave valuables unattended. The best way to keep your possessions safe is to leave them secured at home. It reduces the chance they will be lost or taken from you. If a party is being hosted at your home, also be sure to lock up your valuables.
Stay by your drinks
Even if you are not drinking alcohol, it is easy for someone to put something in your drink unless you see it opened or prepared. Keep your drink with you at all times.
Have fun celebrating St. Paddy’s Day. By following the tips above, you can help make March 17 (and 18) more fun and safe for everyone.
Call 911 in an emergency or 734-763-1131 to reach the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security.
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