Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
The holiday season is a time which should be filled with joy and cheer, unfortunately for many Americans the holidays bring back haunting memories of the tragic loss of loved ones due to drunk driving accidents. Each year thousands of lives are lost in drunk driving accidents, and the holiday season is no stranger to this statistic. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in December 2015, drunk driving crashes resulted in 840 deaths. In efforts to keep drunk drivers off the roads, the United States Department of Transportation holds Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over safety campaigns. This holiday season the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over will be in effect during the weeks of December 13, 2017 through December 31, 2017.
NHTSA 2015 Impaired Diving Statistics
- Over a five-year period, almost 4,000 people died in drunk driving crashes during the month of December.
- In 2015, 10,265 people died in drunk driving crashes. The drivers involved in 67 percent of those crashes had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher, which is nearly two times the legal limit of .08. This total of fatalities was also an increase of 3.2% from 2014.
- In December 2015, fatal crashes involving drunk drivers were almost four times higher at night than during the day a.m. December 28th), nationwide, 34 lives were lost per day in drunk driving crashes which totals 120 deaths over a 3.5-day period.
- During the 2015 Christmas holiday period (6p.m. December 24th to 5:59
- In 2015, 181 children 14 years of age or younger were killed in crashes involving drunk driving.
Keep Our Roads Safe
During the holiday season, let’s work together to keep the roads safe to ensure that all Floridians can “Arrive Alive” during their holiday travels. Being a responsible citizen and planning can help to prevent drunk driving fatalities. Below are some things to remember when planning your holiday celebrations.
- Make sure that all guests have made arrangements for a safe way home if they are planning to consume alcohol.
- Before you start drinking, make sure you assign a relative or friend to be a designated driver for the evening.
- If you are the designated driver, make sure that you stick with your commitment and stay sober.
- Don’t text and drive and abide by the speed limits when driving.
- If you drink and do not have a safe ride home, call a taxi or a ride sharing program such as Uber or Lyft.
- Buckle up and make sure that all passengers in the vehicle are using their safety restraints.
- If you should see a driver on the road that appears to be intoxicated do not try and stop them yourself. Keep your distance and contact your local law enforcement.
Protect Your Rights
Drinking and driving is against the law. While you can do all you can to stay safe and keep others safe by not drinking and driving, the sad truth is, others on the road may not have had a plan in
place and may be driving while intoxicated. If you or someone you love has been victim to a drunk driving accident, contact the attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz. There are many factors involved in a DUI case and our attorneys have extensive knowledge with these types of cases. We have six offices in Southwest Florida. Our offices are conveniently located in Fort Myers (two offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh and Port Charlotte. Call us today to schedule your appointment for a free consultation.