2016 Cinco de Mayo Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual Cinco de Mayo anti-drunk driving campaign. The holiday that commemorates Mexico’s 1862 victory over France in the Battle of Puebla has unfortunately become synonymous with heavy partying and drinking. Subsequently, this holiday is also known for having a spike in injury causing and fatal crashes due to drunk driving. The NHTSA is urging partygoers to plan ahead for safe rides home this Cinco de Mayo. Their “Use Your Head, Plan Ahead” campaign is reminding potential partygoers to make a plan ahead of time to ensure they get home safely without endangering themselves and others.

Cinco de Mayo Crash Facts

  • From 2010 to 2014, there were 268 people killed in drunk-driving crashes over the Cinco de Mayo holiday period.
  • During the 2014 Cinco de Mayo holiday period, 33 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes.
  • During that time period, almost one-fifth (18 percent) of drivers involved in fatal crashes had BACs of .15 or higher (nearly twice the legal limit)
  • 25 percent of drivers in those fatal crashes had BACs of .08 or higher.

Use Your Head, Plan Ahead

Planning for a safe ride home isn’t everybody’s top priority when preparing to go out for a night of partying, but it should be. This is easily the most important and potentially life-saving detail of the night. Before you get the party started, make a plan. Whether you designate a driver or plan to stay at a friend’s house, you need to know in advance. Since we all know plans can change, rides can fall through and stuff happens, it’s essential to have a backup plan too. This can be as simple as having a rideshare app pre-programmed on your phone or a cab’s number on speed dial. No matter what, don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.

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