Dangers of Holiday Drunk Driving
Posted on Nov 19 , 2018
As the holiday season approaches, we await the rush of festivities and excitement that comes along with this cheery time of year. Holiday parties quickly book your calendar, where it’s almost expected to indulge in pumpkin pie and holiday cocktails. In the midst of all the fun spent with loved ones or baking your favorite holiday treat, this inviting season has unfortunately proven to be the most dangerous time for many travelers on the road. Holiday celebrations can carry a harsh reality with its contagious spirit, sometimes leading to drunk driving and alcohol-related traffic deaths. Our team at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys finds it extremely important that we do our part to inform drivers of these dangers and offer ways to prevent drunk driving accidents during the holidays. Some statistics to consider:
- 40% of traffic-related deaths during the holidays are due to drunk drivers
- 50% of people say that alcohol plays a role in their holiday parties
- 96% of adults go to work hungover the morning following a holiday party
- 103 million people travel on the roads between December 23 and January 3
- 2-3 times more people die in alcohol-related crashes between Thanksgiving and New Years
- 51% of high-risk DUI drivers admit to drinking more during the holidays than the rest of the year
- If you plan on drinking, arrange a driver, Uber, Lyft or another form of transportation.
- Make sure to eat proper meals and drink water before and in between alcoholic beverages.
- If a friend has consumed one too many alcoholic beverages, help them get home safely and make sure they don’t drive
- If you host a holiday party and wish to serve alcohol, take responsibility and watch out for your guests to keep them from driving drunk!
- Avoid traveling during peak hours with high traffic or late night hours. Try arriving at your holiday destination a day early or returning home a day later than most travelers if you have the flexibility to do so.