Pre-Holiday Season Drunk Driving Prevention
With the holiday season closing in, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has already started preparing for their drunk-driving prevention campaign. Although the holiday season should be filled with joy and happiness, it’s also a time of loss and sadness for many families around the country. Unfortunately, with the holiday season comes to a rise in social events involving alcohol. That also means an increase in drunk driving crashes in California and across the U.S. The NHTSA wants motorists to know that buzzed driving is drunk driving, and if you don’t drive sober, you will get pulled over.
Holiday Drunk Driving Crash Facts
• During the 2012 holiday period, December 10-31, there were 1,829 people killed in crashes.
• Nearly a third of those fatalities involved drunk drivers.
• Over the month of December 2012, 830 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes.
• Drunk driving fatalities for the months of December from 2008 to 2012 total 3,994 preventable deaths.
Don’t Risk it: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
It’s no secret that the holiday season is filled with social events involving alcohol. Whether it’s spiked eggnog or champagne toasts, buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you plan on celebrating with alcohol, don’t drive home. Even one or two drinks can put you over the limit in certain situations. Play it safe, and get a ride home.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over for the Holidays
Law enforcement officers don’t care if you’ve “only had a few.” It doesn’t matter if you’re stone cold drunk or just a little buzzed, you will get pulled over this holiday season. Local and state law enforcement officers are going to be out in full force in efforts to keep roadways safe for holiday commuters.
Having a Safe and Happy Holiday Season
Having a safe and happy holiday season starts with making a commitment to sober driving. Even with an increase in social awareness and law enforcement activity, there will still be a few drunk drivers on the road this season and throughout the year. If a drunk driver has injured you or a loved one, contact a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy holiday season.