We here at the Law Offices of Mark D. DuBiel love a good celebration, and we’re excited for a mid-week night of feasting on corned beef and drinking pints of Guinness. And we’re also all about bringing back great traditions to replace the green beer thing: so join us as we “drown the shamrock”! Go find some real shamrocks (or some clovers, we’re not that particular), place one in the bottom of your glass, then fill it with whiskey or beer (an Irish brew, please). “Sláinte” and toast to your friends, and either drink your shamrock or pluck it out of your now-empty glass and toss it over your shoulder for the best of luck!

As you celebrate, make sure your luck doesn’t run dry and turn into a DUI! When you’re consuming more shepherd’s pie than normal, remember that your body will take longer to process everything, which can mean that it will take longer for your body to absorb and eliminate your drowned shamrock, keeping your alcohol concentration higher. If there’s even a question that you could be impaired or over the limit, please do not get behind the wheel!

It should come as no surprise that the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AZGOHS) has identified St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 17-19, 2016, for stronger DUI enforcement.  This includes “saturated patrols” around the Valley and may include DUI checkpoints and Task Force operations.  Although the AZGOHS DUI enforcement plan is always adjusting enforcement locations, the goal is to cover most of the Valley throughout the weekend.  Law enforcement agencies will be working together to enforce “Zero Tolerance” for DUI violations.  Remember, the police patrols will be heaviest in the evenings, between 7PM and 4AM.

Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, but remember to drive sober or have a designated driver, Uber, Lyft, car service, or cab so you can get home safely and wear your green “Kiss Me, I’m Irish!” button again next year!