NHTSA Preps for Drunk Driving Prevention Season
It’s no secret that the holiday season is a dangerous time to be out on the roadways, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is preparing for their annual, nationwide, drunk driving prevention campaign. Pre-holiday season drunk driving prevention is all about increased awareness about the dangers and costs associated with drunk driving, in addition to letting drivers know about the increased enforcement that accompanies this time of the year.
The Facts on Holiday Drunk Driving
- On Halloween night between 2009 and 2013, 119 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.
- During that same five-year period on Halloween night, 43 percent of all motor vehicle deaths involved drunk driving.
- During the 2013 holiday period (December 18-31), there were 1,180 people killed in crashes.
- Nearly a third of those deaths happened in drunk-driving crashes.
- In the month of December of 2013 alone, 733 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes.
Halloween Drunk Driving Prevention
This year, Halloween is on a Saturday night, making it a particularly deadly holiday for motorists, pedestrians and other roadway users. Partygoers who are celebrating with alcohol need to ensure they have a safe ride home. Pre-planning your ride is an important part of making sure you get home safe. If you ride falls through and all else fails, call a cab or stay where you are for the night. It’s not worth risking your life or the lives of others.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Drunk Driving Prevention
Sadly, holidays that are typically known for family togetherness like Thanksgiving, Christmas and even New Year’s are also well known for their spike in drunk driving related injury causing and fatal crashes. Don’t let your family down by getting into a drunk driving accident this holiday season. Have a plan for a safe ride home or call a cab.
When to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
After an accident involving a drunk driver or any kind of negligent or dangerous driver, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer. The whole team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy holiday season.