AAA Goes Green with Ireland Travel and Safe St. Patrick's Day Celebrations
Emerald Isle exploration and Irish “mocktails” in focus as St. Patrick’s Day nears.
March 14, 2018 – With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, eyes (Irish and otherwise) are on Ireland as a top travel destination as well as inspiration for annual green-clad celebrations here locally. Whether you’re headed to Ireland or staying stateside to celebrate, AAA South Dakota is “going green” this week with travel planning expertise, events, tips and great deals for a memorable journey to the Emerald Isle and offering celebration suggestions and safety tips for those staying closer to home.
Ireland continues to be a very popular choice for American travelers, regularly rating as one of the top international travel destinations. AAA Travel agents are seeing a strong demand for booking Ireland trips for this spring and summer.
“Ireland is, for good reason, always a favorite place to travel for AAA members, because of its beautiful emerald scenery,” said Marilyn Buskohl, AAA South Dakota spokeswoman. “It also provides one of Europe’s best values, is easy to get around, and has authentically Irish cities and hamlets full of friendly people, great food and drink, as well as traditional music to tap your feet to. Plus, for first-time international travelers, Ireland is easy because it’s an English-speaking country.”
On March 15th, AAA South Dakota is hosting a free Destination Ireland travel event at three of its stores across the state. The event will highlight why Ireland is a top travel destination, and attendees will receive travel tips and information, learn about must-see Ireland locales, and have access to exclusive offers. AAA Travel experts will be on hand to answer questions and discuss Emerald Isle trip itineraries.
Destination Ireland – Free Travel Events
Thursday, March 15 5:30 – 7:00 pm Sioux Falls, 49th & Louise Ave. (605) 361-2107
Sioux Falls, 1300 Industrial Ave. (605)336-3690
5:00 – 7:00 pm Rapid City, 815 St. Joseph St. (605)342-8482
Space is limited, call or visit AAA.com/Ireland to RSVP for the event nearest you.
Ireland offers travel excursions and experiences for just about any interest:
Additional Ireland travel information, including Top 10 Ireland experiences, travel tips, cruising Ireland, guided vacations and where to stay is available at https://sd.aaa.com/travel/ireland.
Let AAA’s Tipsy Tow Be Your Lucky Charm
Many people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at parades, parties or pubs. Whether you will be gathering with friends at a house party or on a pub crawl, if alcohol is part of the festivities, make sure you designate a sober driver, call a taxi, ride sharing service, or call AAA’s Tipsy Tow. This community service is available at no charge to AAA members and non-members alike.
Tipsy Tow is a free alternative to possibly getting a DUI. It’s available from noon on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, until 4 a.m. on Sunday, March 18, in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Mitchell, Yankton, Aberdeen and Vermillion. To access Tipsy Tow, call 1-800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and say, “I need a Tipsy Tow.” AAA will come get you and your vehicle and make sure both get home safety, no questions asked, within a 15-mile radius from point of pick up.
From 2011 to 2015, during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18), 252 people were killed nationwide due to drunk- driving crashes, based on statistics from NHTSA.
“We all know that judgment is the first casualty when someone starts to drink alcohol” said AAA South Dakota’s’ Marilyn Buskohl. “This leads to poor decision-making, like choosing to drive. It can be a fatal mistake.”
If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party where alcohol will be served, be a responsible host and offer plenty of food as well as non-alcoholic beverages, such as the following easy, great tasting “zero-proof” mocktail:
St. Paddy’s Shamrock Sangria
2 c. orange juice (chilled)
1 c. unsweetened white grape juice
1 c. cranberry juice
1 L. lemon-lime soda
2 c. assorted fresh fruit (oranges in wedges, thinly sliced lemons/limes, sliced peaches,
and halved strawberries)
Combine all ingredients in pitcher (with ice).
Add green food coloring if desired.
For more information on how to host a great party while preventing the tragedy of a drunk driving crash when your guests leave, visit aaa.com/public-affairs/mocktails for the ABC’s of Party Giving (Alcohol Alertness, Buffet, Carpool) plus more Irish mocktail recipes.
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