In high school many of us had to read about Julius Caesar and the Ideas of March. It was a day in the Roman calendar that corresponds to 15 March. It was marked by several religious observances and was notable for the Romans as a deadline for settling debts. The phrase, “Beware the Ides of March,” is the soothsayer's message to Julius Caesar, warning of Caesar’s death/assassination in 44 BC.

Since that time, the idea stuck that the Ides of March is unlucky or a portent of doom—even if your name isn't Caesar. The Latin root of "ides" means "to divide," so ides basically just denotes the middle of the month.

This week’s column comes out on Wednesday March 9, 2022…normally The Ides of March…Madness. For the much of the country March Madness refers to The College Basketball Finals, as well as NASCAR, Golf and St Patty’s.

However, for we CV locals, it would normally refer to The Indian Wells BNP Tennis and the increased traffic of almost a half million visitors attending Tennis in Indian Wells. Everyone drinks while watching these events and of course…let’s not forget about St Patty’s? Will this St Patty’s involve drinking again, not that Covid is dissipating enough for many of us to started going out again..

We are starting to see a return of out of town visitors dining with our “locals”. This increases traffic, which increases accident and drunk driving. Somehow common sense should kick in to consider all the additional cars on the road. People are sitting in front of their TV’s at home watching the Ukrainian War and are dining outdoors and drinking again.

Many foolishly drive home, unaware of how many beers and glasses of wine can be consumed without our getting impaired. However, when we drink outside of home, we do not know how much alcohol the bartender poured.

In a restaurant/bar, 1 hard alcohol drink is probably not an oz.. This is because the bartender wants to get a good tip and assumes a strong drink will help do that.

For DUI purposes, a 1 oz. pour equals about one drink but with 3-4 oz. poured per drink, it is the same as 9 -12 drinks. Thus, when we say we only had 2 drinks, we forget it is not the number of drinks but the amount of alcohol in each drink that matters.

Strong drinks, coupled with the increase in traffic and drivers who have had too much to drink, increases the number of accidents and DUI’s. Of course getting lost because of our dark nights, coupled with road repairs that necessitate lane changes, is “an accident waiting to happen”.

WITH the information contained herein, you do not have to "BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH IN 2022".