Alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion annually. December is one of the busiest on the nation’s roadways and is also one of the most dangerous. With the holidays approaching, there is an increase in social gatherings and many of those events involve alcohol. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show an increase in DUIs and fatal drunk driving related crashes in December.
As drunk driving accident attorneys, we can’t stress the importance of planning ahead to find a safe way home if you are drinking. Buzzed driving is drunk driving. You may think you feel fine to drive but one too many drinks increases the risk of a crash and it is not worth it. If you have been drinking call a taxi, uber, a sober friend or family member or use public transportation. If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person drive anywhere. Preventing others from drunk driving can help save lives.
Just because you made the right decision to drive sober, others on the road may not be choosing to do so. Always wear your seat belt, be cautious and don’t hesitate to call 911 if you see a suspected drunk driver. Nobody wants to lose a loved one during the holiday season to a drunk driving accident.