The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants everybody to have a safe and happy 2016 holiday season. This year, they’re reminding motorists to drive sober or get pulled over and to buckle up for every trip, every time. Whether you’re staying in town or going on a cross-country family trip, buckling up is the number one way to protect yourself in the event of a car accident. The NHTSA is also getting the word out that buzzed driving is drunk driving. This time of year is full of holiday parties, get-togethers and celebrations involving alcohol, and it’s important to note that even one drink can be one too many in certain situations.

Drunk Driving Holiday Crash Stats

  • In December 2015, 840 people were killed in drunk driving crashes across the country.
  • Fatal crashes involving drunk drivers were almost four times higher at night than day in December 2015.
  • In 2015, 181 kids ages 14 years old and younger were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers.
  • In 2015, 10,265 people died in drunk driving crashes, a 3.2 percent increase from 2014.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

With the increase in impaired driving crashes during the holiday season, law enforcement agencies in California and across the nation will be stepping up efforts to keep roadways safe. There will be an increase in law enforcement presence in many areas and additional checkpoints to catch drunk drivers. Finally, law enforcement officials are calling on motorists to report any suspected drunk drivers they witness. If you see a dangerous driver who might be impaired, call your law enforcement agency with a description of the vehicle, your location and the direction the car was heading.

Buckle Up, Every Trip, Every Time

Unfortunately, it isn’t always enough to be a personally safe and attentive driver. With distracted and impaired drivers on California roadways, the most critical and important action you can take behind the wheel this season is buckling up. It doesn’t matter if you’re going down the street to pick something up from the store or on a long-haul journey to visit family and friends. Buckle up, every trip, every time.

The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and Happy Holiday season.

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