Holiday Season – Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

Each year thousands of lives are lost in motor vehicle accidents caused by drinking and driving, and the holiday season is no stranger to this statistic. While the holidays are supposed to be jolly and bright, the holiday season is also known for being one of the deadliest times when it comes to drunk driving. To raise awareness about impaired driving and to remind people of the importance of planning ahead and assigning a designated driver prior to attending any celebrations, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sponsors the Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving Campaign. This year’s campaign will run from November 28, 2017 through December 9, 2017. No one plans for an accident to happen. Be smart and educate yourself, your family and friends of the dangers of drinking and driving. By being proactive and by planning ahead you can keep your family, friends and others around you safe this holiday season.

Buzzed Driving and Drunk Driving Facts

  • Buzzed driving is driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 to .07, and although you’re technically under the legal limit for driving, driving while buzzed can be just as dangerous as driving while drunk. (Guardian Interlock)
  • In the United States, 28 people die in alcohol related motor vehicle crashes each day. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
  • In 2015, over 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, which accounted for almost one-third of all traffic related deaths in the United States. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Approximately 1.1 million drivers were arrested in 2015 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Driving while under the influence of alcohol can have serious ramifications which can not only affect you, but it can affect others around you. Alcohol impairs your judgement and your ability to drive. Often times, people who have been drinking feel they are okay to drive because they did not drink as much as others. The truth is alcohol effects everyone differently. No two people are the same and the number of drinks that may have minimal affects on one person may send another person over the limit. Whether you are out having drinks with your friend, family or by yourself, trying to decide if the amount of alcohol you consumed has set you over the legal limit should not be the deciding factor of whether you should get behind the wheel. If you have consumed alcohol, play it safe and find another way home.

Holiday Safety Tips

  • Plan ahead – Before you celebrate choose a designated driver. Make sure that your designated driver is responsible and will stay sober.
  • Do Not Drink and Drive – If you have consumed alcohol and do not have a designated driver, Do Not Drive. Call a sober family member or friend to pick you up, or call other transportation services such as a taxi cab, Uber or Lyft services.
  • Stay the Night – If you are gathering together with friends or family at their residence, plan on spending the night to avoid the thought of driving after consuming alcohol.
  • Buckle Up – Even if you did not drink and are traveling during the holidays, make sure to buckle up. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in half of all driving fatalities for those under the age of 54 the vehicle occupants were not restrained by a seat belt.
  • Watch Out for Others – If you see that someone has had too much to drink and is trying to drive home. Stop them, take their keys and do not let them get behind the wheel. Find them a safe way home by calling a taxi, Uber or Lyft services. Be safe this holiday season and always. Visit Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving to sign the pledge not to drink and drive. The life you might save could be yours.

Protect Your Rights

As safe as you may be while traveling during the holidays, others may not be as cautious and accidents may happen. If you or a loved one has been injured in an alcohol or drug-related accident due to the negligence of another driver, it is important to seek legal counsel. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice, and Purtz have over 50 years of experience in dealing with impaired driving-related offenses. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.