New Year’s Eve is one of the most active times of the year for drinking and driving accidents. In fact, it’s second only to Thanksgiving. Here are a few sobering facts about drinking and driving for you to keep in mind as you ring in the new year.
- More than 40% of fatal automobile accidents are alcohol-related.
- Over 33% of fatal automobile accidents involve one or more people with a blood alcohol concentration of .08%.
- Accidents involving alcohol are five times more likely to happen at night. Of course the odds are even higher on nights when people are out late partying.
- Roughly 2/3 of DUI conviction are for first time offenders, so don’t think you’ll get away with drinking and driving just because you haven’t been caught before.
There are, of course, ways to avoid drinking and driving. These tips aren’t new, but they bear repeating.
- Have a designated driver. There’s usually someone in a group of friends who has something to do tomorrow or is broke at the moment, but still wants to go out for a bit. They usually don’t mind being the DD.
- Be honest with yourself. If you’re feeling even a little tipsy, don’t drive.
- Be honest with your friends. If they’ve had too much to drink and you know they shouldn’t drive, don’t be afraid to tell them. Don’t be afraid to hide their keys if it comes to that.
- Call a taxi or Uber if you’ve been drinking and you don’t have a designated driver. In fact, here’s an Uber ride on us.
Just use your head and be safe. You don’t want to start the New Year off in jail or the hospital or worse. And if you do find yourself in trouble, give us a call at (619) 630-8LAW (8529).