2013 Holiday Season Drunk Driving Prevention
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is conducting an initiative to address the increased likelihood of being injured or killed by drunk drivers during the holiday season. This time of year has a particularly high risk of drinking and driving incidents due to the increase in celebrations and festivities associated with the holidays. Additionally, there are also more people on the roadways traveling to be with their family members. This initiative aims to reverse this dangerous trend by educating people that “Buzzed driving is drunk driving” and by ramping up enforcement to deter drunk drivers during the holiday season.
The Facts on Buzzed Driving and the Holidays
With the holiday season approaching, it is incredibly important to be on the lookout for drunk drivers.
• In December 2011, 760 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes.
• 32,367 Americans were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2011.
• 31 percent of these fatal automobile incidents involved drinking.
• In 2010, more than 10,000 people died in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers.
• In some cases, a single drink can impair your driving ability.
Driving while impaired and driving under the influence arrests lead to many lasting consequences including losing one’s license, increased insurance rates, lost wages, court fees, fines, legal fees and often jail time.
Increased Enforcement is also an Effective Tool
The NHTSA wants to send a strong message that if you drive drunk, you will get pulled over. December 13, 2013 to January 1, 2014 is an increased enforcement period, and law enforcement will be on the lookout for drunk drivers.
Planning Ahead for Holiday Celebrations
Always have a plan before you start drinking. It is critical to designate a sober driver, or plan on using public transport or a taxi to get home safely. Additionally, it is important to prevent others from driving drunk. If someone you know to be drunk is attempting to drive, help them find a better a way home. If you suspect someone on the road of driving while impaired, contact the local or state police with a vehicle description and location as soon as it is safe to do so. If you or a loved one is injured by a drunk or buzzed driver this holiday season, contact the experienced attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free consultation.