February 12, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The start of the New Year is a time to celebrate with sparkling beverages, fireworks and resolutions for the upcoming year. However, some residents of Jefferson County are denied this opportunity to have a fresh start as the upcoming year approaches because some drivers make the decision to drink and drive
For example, a 22 year old driver caused an accident in Tuscaloosa shortly after the start of the New Year around three in the morning. The accident killed two females and injured three of the people that were in the vehicle the negligent driver was operating, says ABC 33. Investigators of the accident state that the driver was speeding and driving recklessly and failed to stop at a red light and detectives believe that alcohol was also involved in the accident
In the aftermath of the accident, the driver fled from the scene on foot. However, on New Year's Day he turned himself into the authorities. Two murder warrants were already out for this driver's arrest before he turned himself in.
The most dangerous driving holidays of the year
Unfortunately, accidents like this one are extremely prevalent around the holiday season, especially for younger drivers. Although New Year's is not one of the top three most dangerous travelling days of the year, it is still an extremely dangerous holiday to travel on. According to a report done by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration in 2008, fatal car accidents that involved a driver between the ages of 21 to 24 where alcohol was involved during the last two weeks of December from 2002 to 2006 accounted for four out of every ten accidents.
What drivers can do to protect themselves
If you plan to take to celebrate on New Year's or another holiday this year, protect yourself from the threat of drunk drivers by:
- Not driving between the hours of midnight to one thirty in the morning.
- Spending the night at the location of the party.
- Going out with a group to a festivity where alcohol isn't part of the celebrations.
This year, and for the 27th year in a row, the American Automobile Association offered free towing to Alabama Driver's on New Year's Eve, says The North Jefferson News. All drivers had to do to take advantage of this free service after a night of celebrating was to call AAA, provide them with basic personal information and give the tow truck driver the keys to their vehicle upon arrival.
Unfortunately, not every driver refrains from drinking and driving during the holidays or takes advantage of safer ways to get home, such as this free service from AAA. If you were injured in a drunken driving accident following your New Year's celebrations, contact an attorney that can ensure your legal rights are protected.
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