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Holidays Season Means More Drunk Driving Accidents

As personal injury attorneys, we know that too much holiday “cheer” can lead to a drunk driving accident. In fact, December signals the beginning of the deadliest season for motor vehicle crashes.

During December 2009, there were 753 people killed in traffic crashes that involved a drunk driver. To combat the rising number of fatal car accidents, December has been designated National Impaired Prevention Month. The campaign involves local law enforcement agencies, nonprofits, and health-care providers working together to increase safe-driving awareness.

In issuing his proclamation, President Obama asked all Americans to “recommit to preventing tragedy before it strikes by ensuring our family members and friends stay safe, sober, and drug-free on the road.” As noted by the President, alcohol and drugs, both illicit and prescribed, can impair judgment, reaction time, motor skills, and memory, eroding a person’s ability to drive safely and responsibly.

With this in mind, MADD has these tips to help keep everyone safe this holiday season:

  • Designate a sober driver before celebrations begin;
  • Plan safe parties, including providing non-alcoholic drink options to guests and not serving alcohol the last hour of the gathering;
  • Never serve alcohol to those under the age of 21;
  • If you’ve been drinking, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride with a driver who is impaired, take the driver’s keys and help him or her make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.