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Drunk driving danger continues through holiday season

There are a number of ways people can prevent drunk driving accidents throughout the holiday season.
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    December 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- When considering the dangers of drunk driving during the holiday season, many people think about the weeks before Christmas, all the way through New Year's Day, but they might not realize that Thanksgiving, in a way, kicks off one of the most dangerous driving periods of the year. In what many cities now call "Blackout Wednesday," Thanksgiving Eve is the first holiday of the season when many people overindulge in alcohol and choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

CBS Detroit says that each day in the U.S., an average of 728 people each day will be hurt or killed in drunk driving accidents from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day. The holiday season is dangerous for people on the roads for many reasons: Parties and celebrations will be happening nearly every night all over the city, moderate drinkers will drink more heavily than usual, problem drinkers will drink more frequently, winter weather will contribute to poor road conditions and more people will be on the roads for traveling or shopping. Any combination of the above factors can contribute to a deadly accident.

New campaign aims to prevent drunk driving accidents

During the 1990s, the highly successful "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk" campaign helped lower the amount of alcohol-related traffic deaths nationwide. It's estimated that over 60 percent of Americans stepped in at some point to prevent someone they knew from driving after having too much to drink. However, drunk driving accidents have been increasing since the late 90s, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ad Council have created a new campaign to raise public awareness about drinking and driving, called "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving." According to the New York Daily News, having even a few drinks can negatively affect a person's driving and create a risk for accidents. The campaign aims to prevent people from driving even after drinking moderately.

Because of this, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended Michigan and other states change their laws to make it illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content over 0.05 percent. Other ways to prevent drunk driving accidents during the holiday season include:
- Providing non-alcoholic beverage alternatives when hosting parties.
- Just saying no to pressure to drink more.
- Designating a sober driver before attending festivities.
- Deciding ahead of time how much to drink.

Additionally, Psych Central suggests that people attending holiday parties should view drinking as complementary to having a good time, rather than the reason for the good time itself.

Michigan law prohibits the use of police sobriety checkpoints in the state, but undoubtedly police are going to be watching the roads for signs of intoxicated drivers. Despite law enforcement and precautions, it isn't always possible to prevent an accident. If you've been injured in a drunk driving accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. The person responsible for the accident may be liable for your medical bills and other expenses.

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