While the holidays are a time for celebration, enjoying too much holiday
“cheer” before getting behind the wheel can lead to tragic
In the days surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Eve, an average
of 304 people die in impaired driving accidents. Of all of the crashes
that occur in the hours before and after ringing in the New Year, more
than 40 percent involve alcohol impairment.
Overall, drunk-driving crashes are on the rise. In 2012, fatalities in
accidents involving drunk drivers increased 4.6 percent, claiming 10,322
lives compared to 9,865 in 2011.
While many holiday partygoers will try to calculate whether their blood-alcohol
level is below the legal limit, the best advice is to avoid any alcohol
if you plan to get behind the wheel. The other option is to arrange alternative
transportation, such as a taxi.
Studies show that just one or two drinks can affect your ability to safely
drive a vehicle. In addition, a number of factors, including the type
of drink, what you have eaten, and your body weight and gender, can impact
your BAC. Therefore, it is always best to play it safe.
Below are a few more specific tips to keep in mind:
- Designate a sober driver, enter taxi company numbers into your cell phone
in case you need a ride home, know your public transportation options,
arrange to stay at a friend’s house, or book a hotel before the event.
- Designate a sober friend to accompany you home if you will be walking or
- Never accept a ride with an impaired driver and don’t let your friends
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a
motor vehicle accident, don’t hesitate to
a San Diego personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for
a free consultation.