Since alcohol is such a big part of American culture, the issue of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is a year-round concern, however, during the holidays, we see an uptick in DUI arrests across the nation. What is the reason for this annual spike? It has to do with all of the traditional holiday dinners and parties where alcohol is being served freely.
If you think about it, between Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and work Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve parties, there are lots of occasions to drink alcohol between November and January 2nd. So, it’s no wonder why we have many more drunk drivers on the roads than usual during the holidays.
In fact, drunk driving during the holidays is such a concern. that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has created an annual campaign called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday Campaign, which lasts between December 13 and 31st.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drives home why it is so critical to always drive sober. Over the past 5 years, an average of 300 people died in drunk-driving crashes during the Christmas through New Year’s holiday period. In December 2016 alone, 781 people lost their lives in drunk-driving crashes,” reports the NHTSA.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday campaign, we recommend watching a video advertisement prepared by the NHTSA called “No Big Deal,” which is a vivid demonstration of the havoc caused by a drunk driver. The ad has a 360-degree virtual reality experience that shows what it’s like to be at a drunk driving crash scene. To watch the video, click here.
Drive Safe Over the Holidays!
To have a safe and DUI-free holiday season, never drink and drive. If your holiday parties and dinners will involve alcohol, plan in advance. Either designate a sober driver or order a cab, an Uber or Lyft home. Be honest with yourself if you think you’ll be celebrating with alcohol, and make a plan before you head out for the party.
If you do get a DUI over the holidays, contact Masella Law Firm, P.A.to schedule a consultation with a defense attorney.