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DUI no way to celebrate St. Paddy’s

By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Posted: 2 pm ET

There are a lot of things about St. Patrick's Day that are pretty sweet: glittery green top hats, corned beef and cabbage, parades and of course, free-flowing green beer. But one thing that's unfortunately ruined many a St. Patty's Day, besides bad corned beef, is driving drunk and getting cited for a DUI.

Make sure your St. Paddy's day celebration doesn't end with a DUI.

Make sure your St. Paddy's day celebration doesn't end with a DUI (photo by Kathleen Conklin).

DUIs are really expensive -- $20,000 expensive -- and St. Patrick's Day is one of the biggest days of the year for DUI enforcement and DUI checkpoints. If you don't believe me, check out @CheckPointsDUI on Twitter and marvel at the storm of St. Patrick's Day checkpoints all over the country.

So do yourself a favor and pay for a couple of cab rides. Unless you're driving across the country, I can pretty much guarantee it'll cost less than $20,000.

If you don't want to spring for a cab and you live in Florida, Georgia or Tennessee, the AAA Auto Club South and Budweiser have partnered to offer free Tow to Go service to get you home safely. All you have to do is call (800) AAA-HELP and an AAA tow truck will take you and your car home, free of charge. Other AAA chapters are offering similar services so check online at AAA.com to see if they're available in your area.

Also, your municipality may be offering free rides on public transit, so that's worth checking out.

End of lecture. Have a great St. Paddy's Day!

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