The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness. However, it's also a time when the incidence of drunk driving tends to increase due to festive gatherings and parties where alcohol is served. At The Roth Firm, LLC, we are committed to ensuring your safety and that of your loved ones during this joyful season.
Understanding High-Risk Times and Places
Firstly, it's essential to understand that specific times and places pose a higher risk of encountering drunk drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes is four times higher at night than during the day. Holiday periods, especially New Year's Eve and the days leading up to it, also significantly increase drunk driving incidents.
To protect yourself, try to minimize night driving during these periods, especially between midnight and 3 a.m. when drunk drivers are highest. Avoid roads near bars and restaurants where holiday parties might occur if possible.
Recognizing Signs of Impaired Drivers
Recognizing signs of impaired drivers is another crucial aspect of staying safe. Common signs of drunk driving include erratic braking, weaving or zig-zagging across the road, driving significantly below the speed limit, and delayed response to traffic signals. Additional signs include quick acceleration or deceleration, tailgating, almost hitting an object or another vehicle, swerving between lanes, and failure to follow traffic signs.
Impaired drivers may also:
- Make jerky, sudden movements;
- Forget to turn on their headlights;
- Neglect to signal their turns or signal incorrectly; and,
- Even drive into oncoming traffic.
These are all indications that a driver might be under the influence.
If you notice a driver exhibiting such behaviors, keep a safe distance and avoid passing them if possible. Your safety is paramount. Reporting suspected drunk drivers to local law enforcement is essential — your actions may prevent a potentially fatal accident. Remember, it's not just about your safety but the safety of everyone on the road.
Designate a Sober Driver
Designating a sober driver is one of the most effective safety measures when attending social gatherings or celebrations. This individual makes a commitment to completely abstain from consuming alcohol for the duration of the event, thereby ensuring their ability to transport everyone in their charge home safely.
The decision to designate a sober driver is an act of responsibility and care that safeguards your group and other road users. The sober driver plays a crucial role in preventing incidents related to impaired driving, a problem that unfortunately still leads to significant accidents each year.
However, if no one in your party can or is willing to assume the role of the sober driver, there are still plenty of alternatives. Rideshare services, such as Uber or Lyft, and public transportation options provide safe and efficient means to get everyone home without risking the dangers of impaired driving. Furthermore, planning to stay overnight at the event's location or booking nearby accommodation can also be an effective strategy.
Unrivaled In Our Approach
At The Roth Firm, we believe that knowledge is power. Understanding the risks and taking proactive steps can significantly reduce the chance of becoming a victim of a drunk driving incident during the holiday season.
However, if a drunk driver has harmed you or a loved one, The Roth Firm, LLC’s experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help. We have a proven track record of securing compensation for victims and will fight tirelessly to ensure you receive the justice you deserve.
Don't let preventable accidents dampen your holiday cheer. Stay informed, stay vigilant, and most importantly, stay safe. And if the worst happens, contact The Roth Firm, LLC for the compensation you deserve.