January 04, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Holiday drunk driving is a serious matter in Minnesota. According to the state Department of Public Safety, there were 2,499 impaired driving incidents in Minnesota last December alone. It may come as no surprise that the holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for drunk driving accidents and fatalities.
Holiday drunk driving deaths have been steadily increasing nationally since the late 1990s, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ad Council are responding with a new campaign to target "buzzed" driving. This practice includes driving after drinking any amount of alcohol, if it impairs a person's judgment or reactions at any point. The New York Daily News says that any amount of alcohol can affect a driver's vision, muscle coordination and reaction time, even if the person's blood alcohol content is under the national legal limit of 0.08 percent.
It's estimated that about 62 percent of Americans intervened during the previously popular "Friends Don't Let Friend Drive Drunk" campaign, potentially saving thousands of lives. The NHTSA hopes that the newer campaign, "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving," can help people make safer decisions about drinking and driving, and save more lives.
Does this mean people shouldn't enjoy drinking during the holidays?
It's perfectly okay for people to enjoy drinks with family and friends. However, getting behind the wheel after even having a few drinks can result in a person being arrested and facing serious penalties
, not to mention causing an accident and hurting someone. Psych Central has provided the following tips to help people avoid being arrested for drunk driving, while still being able to enjoy the holidays:
- Learn to say no when pressured by friends to drink more.
- Set limits regarding how much you plan to drink.
- Designate a sober driver in advance of a party or get-together.
- Serve non-alcoholic beverages as a safe option.
The holiday season is particularly dangerous not only because of the increased amount of parties, but because of dangerous weather and road conditions, and more drivers on the roads. Making the decision to not get behind the wheel after drinking any amount can not only save lives, but can prevent being arrested and facing Minnesota's strict drinking and driving laws
Getting help from an attorney
This year, as with previous years, more law enforcement may be patrolling the streets to catch people drinking and driving. If you've been arrested for driving under the influence, you have the right to be treated fairly in court. It can help to contact an experienced drunk driving defense attorney.
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