The holiday season is generally a time for people to let loose and enjoy some relaxation and fun with family and friends. Tis the season for holiday parties and events. That could mean taking in a few more drinks than average at a get together leading people to believe they are still okay to drive. Each year there are over thousands of individuals who are arrested or ticketed for drunk driving. Sometimes even taking lives. In 2015, of the 48,613 drivers involved in fatal crashes, there were 9,649 (20%) who were alcohol-impaired.
Christmas generally does not see an increase in drinking and driving incidents. This is mostly because people are staying inside and enjoy their families company and tend to stay off the roads more. Although Christmas day does not see an increase the days leading up to it and after do see that increase because over overindulgence during parties and events. New Year’s, on the other hand, tends to see the most fatalities. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), deaths from drinking and driving spike around the holidays, with alcohol being blamed for about 52 percent of fatal collisions around Christmas and 57 percent on New Years compared to a rate of 41 percent for the entire year.
Take Steps To Protect Everyone
Although there has been a decline in fatalities each year, it can and should be lower. If you are drinking or with someone who is, don’t let them get behind the wheel. Here are a few tips you can take to help avoid becoming the statistic:
- If you are planning on drinking, have a Designated Driver in place.
- If you drink, don’t drive no matter how little you think you’ve had.
- Don’t let someone you know get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking.
- If you have been drinking, call an Uber, Lyft or Taxi.
- If you must drive, be cautious and keep an eye out for drunk drivers.
- Immediately report suspected drunk drivers to the police.
From the Rocket Lawyer family to your family, we hope you have a safe and fun holiday!