Alcohol-related car accidents can devastate a community, and these types of car accidents occur more often around the holidays, due to the increase in parties and family get-togethers.
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.
Stay aware of another myth about alcohol, to keep you, your family, and other people on the road safe from alcohol-related car accidents.
I drive slower and more cautiously when I know that I have been drinking.
Drinking impairs your motor skills. Period. Overcompensating your driving, such as moving slowly or spending extra time on turns can still cause a car accident and injure another person.
If you drink, don’t drive, no matter how little you think you have had.
Designate a driver before you arrive at an event or party, and if you are hosting a party, make sure to set rules on drinking and driving. Offer to provide a ride home or a place to sleep for guests who drink. Avoid driving during the early and late evening hours on holidays like Christmas and New Years, and always wear your seat belt.
We owe it to each other to keep everyone as safe as possible this holiday season.