12 Days of Holiday Safety: Drinking and Driving
The holidays are a special time of the year that many look forward to for months and months in advance.
Socializing, family gatherings and office parties are some of the most popular events during the holiday season, however, these types of gatherings tend to lead to holiday drinking and driving.
The holiday season is a time to make memories and celebrate with loved ones; it is not the time to deal with the negative impacts caused by drunk driving.
Holiday Drinking and Driving Statistics
More than 300 Americans die each year in the days surrounding the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Drunk-driving wrecks caused an average of 27 deaths each day in December.
More than 42% of traffic accidents are a result of holiday drinking and driving on New Year’s Eve.
The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day sees a dramatic increase in DUI offenses. Learn how you can prevent holiday drinking and driving.
Holiday Driving Tips
Have a designated driver: This is the simplest and most effective way to stay safe.
Stay off the roads from midnight to 3 am: U.S. Department of Transportation reports show that drunk driving accidents are most likely to occur during this timeframe. Avoid traveling late at night during the holidays. Late evening and early morning hours are a popular time for intoxicated drivers to be on the road. Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reported that there were 891 drunk driving fatalities between Thanksgiving and New Year’s last year.
Just say no: Just because alcoholic drinks are offered does not mean you have to consume. Choose a non-alcoholic beverage instead.
Walking is not safer: According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the highest number of pedestrians killed on the first day of the new year. The holidays are a time to cut loose, socialize, and enjoy time with family. Even people who don’t drink much will indulge a bit during the holidays. This means they have a lower alcohol tolerance. These people may underestimate their level of impairment and sometimes even drive when they shouldn’t. When arrested for drunk driving, these people often show a relatively low blood alcohol content; nonetheless, they are very intoxicated. Assume responsibility for your guests if you are hosting. Don’t assume your guests will make smart travel plans. Have finger foods readily available. Be mindful of how much your guests are consuming and if designated drivers are consuming.
Tips For The Party Host To Avoid Holiday Drinking and Driving
As the host of the event, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of your guests. There are few simple tricks of the trade that can help!
Don’t make alcoholic drinks the main attraction: Have food or games be the center of attention instead.
Offer non-alcoholic drinks: Having drinks available that don’t contain alcohol may help deter people from over-consuming.
Use small cups: People are less likely to overdrink when they have to keep refilling their cup.
Avoid salty snacks: Salt makes people drink more.
Prepare for overnight guests: If someone is visibly drunk, offer for them to stay the night, or until they sober up.
Last call for alcohol: Remove all alcoholic drinks 1-2 hours before the party is expected to end.
Take the keys: If you notice someone is impaired, don’t let them get behind the wheel.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help With Your Holiday Drinking and Driving Crash
Don’t let the added stress of the holidays keep you from the proper compensation you deserve. If you have been a victim of a drunk driver, don’t hesitate to give us a call.The Carlson Law Firm has the tools and resources to help you receive compensated for your pain, suffering, lost wages, and medical bills. Contact us today for your free consultation. We care, we can help.
- Written by Jill Fowler