St. Patrick & Shamrocks
The earliest known written story about Saint Patrick goes back to 1726, although the legend goes back even further. Saint Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans, for whom 3 was a significant number. Pagan Ireland also had many triple deities, which aided St. Patrick in his evangelization efforts.
Irish & the Color Green
Green has been associated with Ireland since at least the 1640s, when the Irish Catholic Federation used the green harp flag. Since around the 1680s, shamrocks and green ribbons have been worn by the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, which in 1903 became a national holiday in Ireland.
Although St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a national holiday in North America, it’s a day when people celebrate the Irish culture, which often includes swilling vast amounts of alcohol.
Which brings us to the top reasons people get arrested on St. Patty’s Day — probably no surprise they have to do with drinking. Below article courtesy of Shaun Kaufman, the lawyer-half of Writing PIs.
Top Three Reasons For Getting Arrested
#1 Drinking and Driving
Here’s a sobering fact – between 2009 and 2013, 276 people died on St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S. due to drunken driving accidents (information from TSM, Traffic Safety Marketing). Here’s another sobering statistic: From 2008 through 2012, half of the men killed in crashes on St. Patrick’s Day were drinking and driving (info from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Simple way around this: Don’t Drink and Drive. Go partying with a friend who is the designated driver or travel by taxi.
#2 Public Intoxication
Although each state has its own definition of public intoxication, below are a few shared elements of the crime:
- Being visibly drunk or under the influence of drugs while in a public place
- Appearing to be intoxicated in a public place (that’s right, appearances alone can get you arrested).
#3 Urinating in Public
This includes urinating between parked cars, on walls, even lawns. If you gotta go, then go before you go outside.
A Few More Safety Tips
A little common sense can ensure you and others have a safe, fun St. Patty’s Day celebration:
Plan How You’re Getting Home Ahead of Time. Be it by taxi, designated driver, public transportation, or one of the numerous sober-drive-home services offered in different cities.
If You’re Traveling with a Designated Driver, Leave Your Car Keys at Home.
If You See a Drunk Driver on the Road, Call the Police. This could save many people’s lives.
If You See Someone Who’s Drunk Getting Ready to Drive – Gently take away their keys and help them find a safe way home. Better yet, call a taxi and pay for it upfront.
Have a great St. Patrick’s Day.
All rights reserved by Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman. Any use of the content requires specific, written authority. Please do not copy/distribute images that are marked copyrighted or licensed—images in the public domain are yours to use.