Holidays are one of the most dangerous times on the roads

In an effort to spotlight the issue of drinking and driving during the holidays and how one poor decision can change your life forever, we have pulled together some national statistics.  Unfortunately, the weeks between Thanksgiving or the Thanksgiving Eve known as blackout Wednesday and the day after New Year’s are some of the highest alcohol-related fatalities.  An increase in the number of people on the road along with a larger number of people drinking for holiday celebrations means a larger chance for alcohol related incidents on the road.  The chances of these accidents resulting in a serious injury or fatality are increased as well.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 40% of traffic-related deaths during the holidays are a result of drunk drivers.  The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also state that 2-3x more people die in alcohol-related crashes.  Reports indicate that 1200 will be killed in crashes during this 5-week period and 25,000 will be injured in traffic accidents caused by alcohol.

Given the statistics it simply doesn’t make sense to drink and drive.  Best case scenario you get pulled over for a driving violation or stopped at a DUI checkpoint and are out $10,000 for driving under the influence, you lose your license, could even have jail time – worst case scenario you cause an accident that takes someone’s life.  If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver, use Uber or another car service, walk or take public transportation.  Don’t get behind the wheel after drinking.  Don’t get in the car with a driver who has been drinking.  Don’t become a statistic.

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