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st-patricks-daySt. Patrick’s Day is one of America’s favorite holidays, and on March 17th many Bay State residents will decamp, decked out in green, to celebrate with a few drinks and some good friends. MAPFRE Insurance joins MassDOT in reminding everyone that as you make your holiday plans, drinking and driving should never be part of them.

With a large element of the festivities involving the consumption of alcohol, St. Patrick’s Day has unfortunately become one of the deadliest times on our nation’s roads. According to NHTSA, in 2016 alone, 60 people (39% of all crash fatalities) were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period. The percentage spikes in the early morning hours; NHTSA reported that between midnight and 5:59 a.m. on March 18, 2016, almost three-fourths (69%) of crash fatalities involved a drunk driver.

With great privilege comes great responsibility and that means never getting behind the wheel even if you have only consumed one drink. The best thing to do is make plans ahead of time for a sober driver before you begin consuming alcohol, that way you do not have to worry or try and make decisions while under the influence.

Drivers’ safety is a top concern for MAPFRE Insurance, and as we work to reduce the potential hazards by reminding Massachusetts residents of safe driving practices, we understand that accidents still happen. MAPFRE continues to be the proud sponsor of the MassDOT Highway Assistance Program because we recognize how valuable it is to Massachusetts motorists. The program offers free roadside assistance with services including flat tire changes, minor mechanical fixes, providing gas and more. The Highway Assistance Patrol monitors some of the states busiest highways and turnpikes around Metro Boston, Worcester, Springfield & Cape Cod (seasonal) Monday through Friday during the peak hours of 6:00AM- 10:00AM and 3:00PM-7:00PM.

We hope everyone enjoys a safe St. Patrick’s Day, and as the NHTSA recommends, if you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement.

Written By Patrick McDonald, CPCU, CEO, Northeast Region, MAPFRE Insurance

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