As the shelter in place order expires, Cinco de Mayo 2020 may be one of the first days many Texans decide to get out of their home and let loose. Although bars will remain closed, many will have gatherings and barbecues to celebrate the lively holiday with friends and family they have missed in the past months. Many of these gatherings will likely involve drinking plenty of alcohol. Although it is a time to celebrate, there are ways to celebrate while staying safe and avoiding the dangers of drunk driving.
Cinco de Mayo is much more than tequila and guacamole. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of Mexican troops against the invading French military forces in the Batalla de Puebla in 1862. Contrary to how some people in the United States have adopted Cinco de Mayo as a day for drinking alcohol, its origins are not at all associated with the consumption of alcohol.
Five facts about Cinco de Mayo
- In 2005, Congress declared Cinco de Mayo an official U.S. holiday.
- In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is knownas El Día de la Batalla de Puebla
- Cinco de Mayo is often mistaken called Mexico’s Independence Day, but that falls on September 16.
(Not so fun facts)
- One-third of all drunk driving crashes on May 5 involve a drunk driver, and
- Over the past five years, 270 people have died in drunk driving crashes during Cinco de Mayo, according to NHTSA.
Have fun by avoiding the dangers of drinking and driving on Cinco de Mayo
It seems to be common sense that a safe and sober ride home is an essential part of any plan that includes drinking. However, for many, not following this one simple rule cost them their life or their freedom. Alcohol and high speeds continue to occur on Cinco de Mayo making it a deadly holiday.
With drunk driving as one of the leading killers on America’s roads, here are some tips to get people home safe after a day of drinking. Follow these easy steps to stay safe on Cinco de Mayo:
- Decide if you will drink or if you will drive before going to the party. You can only choose one.
- Keep your word. If you commit as the designated driver, stay sober.
- Use resources, there are available. If you have been drinking, ask a sober friend or family member to give you a ride home. If that is not an option, call Lyft of Uber. Take precautions if using a rideshare company.
- Walking home drunk is not a safe alternative. In fact, the risk of getting hit by a vehicle due to the lack of attention can be deadly.
- Drive aware of those around you. Unfortunately, there will be people getting behind the wheel intoxicated which will put themselves and others in danger. If you spot someone who appears to be driving under the influence, call 911. You could potentially be saving lives.
- Care about others. If you notice someone that plans to drive home is drinking, hide their keys and help them find a safe ride home.
By staying safe through the holiday, you’ll continue to have a joyful celebration of Mexican culture on Cinco de Mayo with delicious food and surrounded by loved ones.
The Carlson Law Firm can help
Car crashes can be devastating. They are even more devastating when you are an injured victim because someone decided to get behind the wheel intoxicated. If a drunk driver caused you injuries, let our experienced auto accident attorneys advocate on your behalf. You deserve to be justly compensated for your medical bills past and present, lost wages, pain and suffering and any other costs that resulted from the drunk driving crash.
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