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St. Patrick’s Day is coming up this weekend, and as a holiday dedicated to overindulging in alcohol, it is time to start planning ahead for what you will do if you end up participating.

The past couple years, thousands of people have been stopped at DUI checkpoints around Kansas City on St. Patrick’s Day. If you plan to drink, you better have a way to get home without drinking. Otherwise, you’ll most likely get pulled over for driving under the influence.

Here are a few statistics about St. Patrick’s Day to get you in the mood:

  • The average person spends $35.27 on themselves for St. Patrick’s Day. This includes items to wear, decorations for their home and office, food and drinks.
  • Of those people celebrating, 8 out of every 10 people will end up wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day. Remember, you can get pinched for not wearing green!
  • Since 1961, Chicagoans have poured green dye in the Chicago River to make it an emerald green. The City of Chicago pours 40 pounds of green dye into the river to do this
  • The first three cities to throw a St. Patrick’s Day are: Boston (1737), New York (1762) and Philadelphia (1780)
  • In 2011, 13 million pints of Guinness were consumed on St. Patrick’s Day. This is over double as many served on a typical day (5.5 million pints).
  • The total beer tab of the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day in the United States is expected to exceed $245 million!


As you can see, a lot of alcohol is consumed on St. Patrick’s Day in the United States.

We recommend that you call a cab or have a designated driver if you plan on drinking on any day, but especially on St. Patrick’s Day. If you happen to get pulled over on St. Patrick’s Day, you should contact the Law Offices of Daniel C. Miller. Give us a call today at (816) 272-1350.