Unfortunately, Texas holiday drunk driving accidents become more prevalent due to the increase in alcohol consumption. The holiday season is here, bringing the hustle and bustle of shopping, and many companies and people host parties. You can expect there to be plenty of cheer in the form of alcoholic beverages.
HOLIDAY DRUNK DRIVING FATALITIES
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2001 to 2005 fatalities per day caused by alcohol impaired driver crashes averaged 36. However, such fatalities increased from a range of 45 to 54 per day during the holiday season.
In fact, NHTSA indicates that 40% of traffic deaths between Christmas and New Years involve drunk drivers, which is a 12% increase over the rest of December.
TXDOT “PLAN WHILE YOU CAN” DRUNK DRIVING CAMPAIGN DURING THE HOLIDAYS
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has the “Plan While You Can” impaired driving campaign. The idea is to encourage people to save a life by planning how to get home safely before holiday parties begin. The campaign runs through January 1, 2017, and DWI patrols on Texas roadways will be at higher capacity. The deterrent to driving under the influence of alcohol is you can be subject to $17,000 in fines and fees and also lose your driver’s licenses.
SoberRides.org is a website created by TxDOT where you can enter your address, city, state and zip code to get a sober ride home. It can help you plan in advance your ride home for the night. You can locate a taxi service; find a walking route or some other safer way home. By using the site you may not just save your own life but someone else’s as well.
BE SAFE AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS
Plan for a safe holiday season. In the event that you suffer serious injury through an accident caused by someone else, the Law Offices of Michael R. De La Paz offers a free consultation to discuss your injury and determine whether you have grounds for a lawsuit.