Thursday, December 18, 2014

Drunk Driving and the Holidays

Disclosure: This is a guest post.

The holiday season is the perfect time to get together with friends, family, and loved ones to celebrate, but too much overindulgence in alcohol can be a recipe for disaster. Experts and law enforcement know that there are a few times each year that drunk drivers are out on the roads in force, and Christmas time is one of them.

Above the Legal Limit

Drinking more than you should is not just bad for your health; it can be bad for those around you. Getting behind the wheel with any amount of alcohol in your system can significantly impair your ability to drive. Any blood alcohol level about .08 is illegal, and if you are pulled over you could face serious legal consequences.

The Deadliest Holiday

Once Christmas is over, New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, and it is a holiday well-known for alcohol consumption. This is the holiday with the highest percentage of fatalities due to drunk driving, thanks to a combination of increased pedestrians out on the street, bad winter weather, and sleepy drivers. When combined with too much to drink, it can be dangerous to be out on the roads.

The following infographic provides detailed statistics about drunk driving and the holidays, as well as steps you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe so that you are around for next year’s holiday celebrations.


Drinking and Driving on the Holidays Statistics
 

6 comments:

Kelly OMalley said...

These stats are heartbreaking. I cannot imagine how many people have been effected by this issue. Thank you for raising awareness. I pledge not to drink and drive!

Mai Tran said...

I avoid driving during the holiday to avoid drunkard driving.

YOLANDA DAVIS said...

As hard as this is to read I think it's something everyone needs to know, so thanks for educating myself & many others.

Beth R said...

Thank you for the information. It is interesting that the least fatalities are on Tuesdays. I also never realized that the 4th of July is the next highest holiday with accidents. So scary

James Robert said...

Good post on a topic that needed to be read by many, thanks for sharing

Theresa Anne said...

These are such sad statistics. It's especially heartbreaking to hear of alcohol related accidents that take the life of those in the another car. I'm thankful for our police officers who risk their lives policing the roads during these holidays so that we can all be safer.