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Texas leads the nation for holiday drunk driving accidents

There are a number of reasons that the holiday season is the most dangerous time of year to be on the roads.
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    December 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- For most people, the holiday season means spending a happy, peaceful time with family and friends. But unfortunately, the time between Christmas and New Year's Eve also means increased drunk driving accidents in Texas. KHOU reports that drunk driving accidents are more frequent in Texas than in any other state - approximately 40 percent of all fatal accidents are attributed to drunk driving in Texas, as opposed to about 30 percent in the rest of the country.

Last year, the Houston Chronicle reported over 130 drunk driving accidents and almost 450 people being charged for drunk driving in Harris County during the 2011 holiday season. This included the tragic incident of a woman being hit outside her house by a drunk driver on Christmas Eve as she went out to check her mail. Last year, an additional 50 DWI patrol vehicles were put in service on Houston streets from Christmas through New Year's Day, in an attempt to prevent more alcohol-related injuries and deaths. Although sobriety checkpoints aren't allowed in Texas, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, it's likely that law enforcement will be extra vigilant again during this year's holiday season.

Buzzed driving campaign highlights dangers of driving after even moderate drinking

The amount of drunk driving deaths have been rising across the U.S. since the late 1990s, prompting the National Highway Safety Association and Ad Council to introduce the "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving" campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of getting behind the wheel after drinking any amount of alcohol. According to the New York Daily News, having just a few drinks can impair drivers' vision, coordination, reaction time and judgment. The National Traffic Safety Board has suggested that Texas and other states reduce their blood alcohol content limit to 0.05 percent, aiming to prevent more accidents due to buzzed driving.

Preventing holiday accidents

There are a number of reasons that the holiday season is the most dangerous time of year to be on the roads, says Psych Central. More people will be traveling or getting last-minute shopping done, and the weather can also contribute to bad road conditions. Additionally, many people will be attending holiday parties where alcohol may be served. Some ways to prevent drunk driving accidents include:
- Setting a limit for the amount of alcohol you plan to consume at a party.
- Designating a sober driver in advance.
- Saying no when people pressure you to drink more.
- Offering non-alcoholic drinks when hosting a party.

By making the decision to drink responsibly and to avoid driving even after having a few drinks, people can keep others safe on Houston roads this holiday season.

When to contact an attorney

Drunk driving accidents can happen at any time, but are especially common during the holidays. Auto accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, resulting in thousands of dollars in medical bills for victims and their families. If you've been hurt by a drunk driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options.

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