December 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- This is a favorite time of year for many to enjoy spending time with loved ones, but unfortunately, the holiday season is also one of the most dangerous times to drive for various reasons. Bad weather can create dangerous road conditions, and at this time of year many people will be on the roads to travel or get holiday shopping done. And drunk driving, while a problem in Atlanta throughout the year, is especially prevalent during the holidays. Drunk driving accidents
kill thousands of Americans each year, and law enforcement makes an effort to be extra vigilant during the most dangerous times, to prevent more people from being injured and killed.
Last holiday season, several people in Atlanta were affected by drunk drivers during the holiday season, and many residents are concerned about what this year might bring. For example, the Brookhaven Patch reported on the incident of an 81-year-old woman who hit another vehicle head-on with her SUV, and was ultimately charged with a DUI. Another man, who had two previous DUIs, evaded police and allegedly rammed several other cars before law enforcement was forced to fatally shoot him. Georgia state law allows weekly sobriety checkpoints, says the Governors Highway Safety Association, so drivers may expect to see such checkpoints in force from around Christmas through New Year's Day.
National attempts to prevent holiday drunk driving
It's estimated that the previously popular "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk" campaign helped to save many thousands of lives, as up to 62 percent of Americans prevented their friends and family members from getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink. Drunk driving deaths dropped significantly during the campaign's height in the mid-1990s; however, alcohol-related traffic fatalities have been steadily rising again since the late 90s. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ad Council have created a new campaign, "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving," in the hopes of educating the public that any amount of alcohol can have a negative effect on drivers.
According to the New York Daily News, even a moderate amount of alcohol can impair muscle coordination, judgment, reaction time and vision. This is a major reason the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that states lower their blood alcohol content limits from 0.08 to 0.05 percent.
Regardless of state laws, everyone can do his or her part to prevent drunk driving accidents:
- Say no when if pressured by friends to drink more.
- Set a limit ahead of time of how much alcohol to consume at a holiday party.
- Designate a sober driver before attending festivities.
- Offer non-alcoholic beverages when hosting a party.
In addition, Psych Central reminds people that drinking alcohol should be considered a complement to any holiday gathering, rather than the sole reason for partying.
Contacting an attorney
Unfortunately, people will still make the decision to get behind the wheel intoxicated this holiday season. Even careful drivers may not be able to avoid getting in an accident. If you or a loved one has been injured
by a drunk driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. The person responsible for the accident may be held liable for your medical expenses and other costs.
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