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This year's buzzed driving campaign aims to save lives during the holiday season

According to the NTSB, any amount of alcohol can affect a person's vision, coordination, judgment and reaction time.
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    December 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- As the holiday season approaches, most New Yorkers will be celebrating with their families and friends. This is the time of year for togetherness and good cheer, but it's also one of the most dangerous times of the year for people to be out on the roads. There are thousands of drunk driving accidents in the U.S. every year during the holiday season, leading to many preventable deaths and injuries.

Almost everyone can remember the once-popular "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk" campaign from a few years ago. It's estimated that over 60 percent of people at some point stepped up and prevented a friend from getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink, potentially saving thousands of lives. At the campaign's height in the mid-90s, drunk driving deaths were at record lows. However, alcohol-related fatalities have been rising again since the late 1990s, prompting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ad Council to create a new public awareness campaign, "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving."

Any amount of alcohol can affect driving

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, any amount of alcohol can affect a person's vision, coordination, judgment and reaction time. When combined with driving, the consequences can be deadly, even if a person has only had a few drinks. The NTSB has recently recommended that states change their blood alcohol limit laws from 0.08 to 0.05 percent, meaning that more people who drive while buzzed, as opposed to being outright drunk, can be arrested for drunk driving. The goal is to prevent many more deaths and injuries due to impaired driving that can result from merely being buzzed.

Preventing drunk driving accidents

Every holiday season, driving becomes more dangerous due to more people being on the roads for last-minute shopping, in addition to bad weather and road conditions. Holiday festivities invariably add drunk drivers to the mix. Psych Central offers some tips to help prevent friends and family members from causing or being a victim of a drunk driving accident:
- Just say no to pressure to drink more.
- Offer non-alcoholic options at parties and get-togethers.
- Designate a sober driver in advance of the celebrations.
- Choose an acceptable number of drinks ahead of time.

When people remember that a moderate amount of alcohol is meant to be a complement to a holiday celebration, rather than the sole reason for attending, more alcohol-related crashes may be prevented. The Governors Highway Safety Administration says that weekly checkpoints may be conducted in New York, meaning that law enforcement is likely to be extra vigilant during this holiday season to catch drunk drivers before they hurt themselves or others.

Getting help from an attorney

Even if you drink responsibly during holiday celebrations, you may not be able to avoid getting in an accident. If you have been hurt by a drunk driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. You may be eligible for the compensation of your medical expenses and other losses.

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