Ohio Alcohol-related car accidents increase around the Holidays
The holidays are a time for friends and family to gather and celebrate the season. But the holiday season is also one of the deadliest times of year due to alcohol-related car accidents.
Increased consumption of alcohol during special events and parties held around the holidays causes drinking and driving to be more prevalent.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving an estimated 1,000 people die during the period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve in drinking-related crashes.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that most deaths involving alcohol-related car accidents occur on December 23rd and January 1st.
“Fatal car accidents are devastating no matter what the surrounding circumstances are,” Toledo, Ohio car accident Attorney Chuck Boyk said. “But when a drunk driver gets behind the wheel of a car and causes a preventable injury or wrongful death to someone else, the situation is even more tragic.”
Some see the holidays as a time when drinking is more socially acceptable due to the good mood of the season, and increased time spent with family and friends. It is those people, however, that are at risk for falling for the myths of alcohol consumption that can lead to a car accident.
It’s a good idea, though, to educate yourself about the effects of alcohol consumption. Below is the first myth about alcohol compiled by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Look for more myths in our following blogs.
As long as person only consumes beer or wine instead of hard liquor, the intoxicating effects are minimized.
One 12 ounce can of beer, 5 ounce glass of wine or 12 ounce wine cooler contain the same amount of alcohol as 1 1/2 ounces of hard liquor.
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