Mardi Gras safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their Mardi Gras-themed safety campaign aimed at preventing drunk driving. This year’s slogan, “Don’t Let Fat Tuesday Turn Into Sorry Wednesday,” is all about raising awareness about the consequences of drunk driving. In addition to the very real danger of potentially being involved in an injury-causing or even fatal car accident, they’re also talking about the expenses, costs, and consequences associated with a drunk driving arrest. The best thing before your Mardi Gras celebration is to plan for a safe ride home.

Don’t Let Fat Tuesday Turn Into Sorry Wednesday

Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking alcohol is a mistake that can end in jail, the hospital or worse. Drunk driving puts your life and the lives of others at great risk for injury-causing or potentially fatal car crashes. It also puts you at risk for going arrested and going to jail. During any holidays associated with increased alcohol consumption, you can bet on law enforcement officers patrolling at full force. State and local law enforcement agencies across California will be on the lookout for any potential drunk drivers.

Make a Plan For Mardi Gras

Don’t wait until the end of the night to figure out a safe ride home. Before the party starts, make a plan. Designate a driver. If you plan on drinking any alcohol at all, it’s essential to make sure you have a safe ride home. It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan because you never know when a ride might fall through. A good backup plan can involve downloading a ridesharing app or pre-programing the number of a cab company into your phone for easy access after a night of partying. If you have to, ask a bartender for assistance calling a cab or request to stay on a friend’s couch for the night. It could save a life.

The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy Fat Tuesday, and if you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident in San Diego, the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS.

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