Over the holiday season, many people gather to celebrate with friends, family, and co-workers. It is a time of getting together with loved ones to celebrate the end of another year and to look forward to a new one.
But as happy as the holidays should be, they can also be hazardous. When people mix alcohol and driving, serious accidents can occur. According to the American Safety Council, which publishes SafeMotorist.com, the holiday months can be some of the deadliest times of year to drive…
Police across the country know that holiday celebrations and parties increase throughout the months of November and December.
What Are the Deadliest Days to Drive?
Using historical data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Safe Motorist says:
- December 23 and January 1 make the top 10 when it comes to the most dangerous days to get behind the wheel
- The month of November also ranked in the top 5 deadliest months to drive
- When it comes to individual days, Saturday is consistently in first place for deadliest day to be on the road.
Correspondingly, DUI statistics tend to increase dramatically over the holidays. The following is just a sample of DUI arrest stories across the country within the past few years:
- In 2013 in Arizona, police reported more than 4,000 DUI arrests between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve
- In Rhode Island, 13 people were arrested for DUI in a single weekend in November 2015
- In Colorado between November 2010 and January 2011, police across the state arrested 1,556 motorists for impaired driving
The Dangers of Drunk Driving
Most motorists know that drinking and driving can lead to serious accidents. According to the NHTSA, more than 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving-related car crashes in 2012. This translates to one death every 51 minutes for the entire year.
In response to the spike in traffic deaths that occur in December, the White House has launched a nationwide effort to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving. Accordingly, December has been declared National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.
In addition to the National Impaired Driving Prevention campaign, police departments throughout the United States are launching Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over efforts between December 16, 2015 and January 1, 2016.
What You Can Do to Avoid a DUI
As you prepare to celebrate the holidays, there are many ways you can avoid a life-changing DUI. Consider the following tips before taking a drink:
- Limit yourself to one or two alcoholic beverages
- If you attend a party or function at a hotel, consider renting a room overnight
- Call a taxi or a ride-sharing service
- Give your keys to a sober friend prior to any parties
- Arrange for a friend or loved one to pick you up after a party
- Have a party at home and make sure all attendees have safe transportation
Have You Been Charged with a DUI? Contact Jacksonville DUI Lawyer
If you are facing a drunk driving charge, your entire future may be at stake. A DUI conviction can leave you with a permanent criminal record and make it difficult for you to find a job, rent an apartment, or further your professional career.
Fortunately, a Jacksonville DUI Lawyer can help. Your Jacksonville DUI lawyer can help you create a defense designed to minimize the charges against you or even get them dismissed entirely.
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