January 04, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The holiday season is just beginning, and from this point on through New Year's Day, people will be celebrating the season with family and friends. While this is a wonderful time of year for most people, the holiday season unfortunately can bring tragedy. The time close to Christmas through New Year's Eve is one of the most dangerous times of year for people to be out on the roads. Not only do drivers have to contend with bad weather and road conditions and heavier traffic from people traveling and shopping, but drunk drivers also increase during the holiday season.
The Colorado Department of Transportation reports that more than 150 people are killed in alcohol-related crashes
and over 26,000 people are arrested for DUI each year in our state. Because of the increase in drunk driving fatalities nationwide since the late 1990s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ad Council have put together a new campaign called "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving." This campaign replaces the previous, highly successful "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk" campaign, which was estimated to have saved countless lives during the 1990s, as over 60 percent of Americans reportedly prevented their friends from driving drunk.
Preventing crashes from buzzed driving
According to the New York Daily News, even moderate drinkers are at risk of hurting someone in an alcohol-related accident. Any amount of alcohol reportedly impairs vision, muscle coordination, judgment and reaction time. Because of this information, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that Colorado and other states reduce their legal blood alcohol content limit to 0.05 percent.
Accident near Christmas highlights danger
Channel 9 News reported on an incident last year in which a 3-year-old boy was injured in Denver near Christmas, when his family's car was rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver. Fortunately, the boy survived without lifelong injuries; many others, however, are not so lucky. State law allows police to set up sobriety checkpoints once or twice a month in Colorado, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. During the holiday season, Denver police will be extra vigilant to try to prevent more injuries and deaths due to drunk driving.
What you can do to help prevent accidents
Regardless of checkpoints or blood alcohol content laws, there are a few common sense tips that people can take to keep themselves or others from being hurt in a drunk driving accident:
- Offer non-alcoholic beverages at holiday gatherings.
- Say no when friends pressure you to drink more.
- Decide ahead of time how much you plan on drinking.
- Designate a sober driver before heading out.
When people remember that the purpose of a holiday party is to enjoy time with friends and family, rather than to get drunk, lives may be saved, says Psych Central.
Despite the best precautions, anyone can be injured
in a drunk driving accident. If you or a loved one has been hurt as a result of a drunk driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to find out what your rights are.
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