In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is a religious holiday. In the U.S., it's primarily a day to wear green, pinch those who are not and, very often, imbibe to excess. That is, of course, all a matter of the individual reveler's personal choice — until he or she decides to get behind the wheel of a car. That's where the fun ends and a potentially deadly situation begins. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 105 people died in drunken-driving crashes on St. Patrick's Day in 2012.
To ensure your own safety and that of those around you today, NHTSA has provided a number of safety recommendations. Heed the following tips and with any of that ol' proverbial Irish luck, the worst thing that happens to you this St. Paddy's Day will be that your teeth turn green from the food coloring in your beer.
Also, if you're hosting a party: