With everything society has learned about driving under the influence and its dangers, the number of deaths per year due to drunk driving has gone down significantly. Still, drunk driving claims the lives of over 10,000 people per year. DUI arrests are not only embarrassing, expensive mistakes, but they can be fatal, to the drunk driver or to other victims on the road.
Driving under the influence is driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or above or under the influence of drugs. It seems that everyone knows someone who has fallen victim to this mistake and has been arrested for a DUI, whether a friend or family member. The most recent data suggests that in one year 26,442 people were arrested for DUIs in Georgia alone. Though lessening over time, DUIs still affect almost everyone. 28 people in the U.S. die every day to drunk driving and 2 out of every 3 people will be involved in a drunk driving accident.
The holiday season is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. With fewer daylight hours, difficult weather conditions, and more crowding on the streets, winter time already produces less than ideal driving conditions. When you add the overindulgence that comes with celebration and holiday parties, it becomes a recipe for disaster. New Year’s Eve being one of the most notorious holidays for drinking too much, it’s one of the most dangerous nights of the year to be on the road.
The Institute for Highway Safety found that almost half of the automobile accidents that occur on New Year’s Eve and into New Year’s Day are caused by driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This makes it the number one day for drunk driving fatalities, second being July 4th, and third being St. Patrick’s Day. New Year’s is also the most dangerous day for pedestrians, as pedestrians are less careful if they are under the influence as well. From 6pm to 6am on New Year’s, there are 71% more crashes caused by alcohol or drugs than on an average weekend night. The statistics are staggering, but what can you do to stay safe this year?
Staying off the road is an obvious choice. If celebrating at a friend’s house, simply stay the night. It’s much safer to stay home than to brave the odds if you’re tipsy. Also, make sure friends have a ride home or a place to stay if they have been drinking. Making sure to make it home safe is always a better choice than taking the risk of driving under the influence. There are two cab companies here in La-Grange, Radio Co-op Taxi Service and Brown Cab. There are also Lyft and Uber drivers in the area as well, which are convenient and can be arranged through their apps. There are plenty of ways to keep safe this New Year’s Eve, and starting 2018 right does not start with a DUI or an auto accident.
Driving Safe This Holiday Season