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Tips To Avoid Driving Drunk This Holiday Season

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It’s that time of year again. Halloween will be here in the blink of an eye. Then, before anyone even realizes it, Thanksgiving and Christmas will have come and gone, making it time for everyone to ring in the New Year. Often, people attend parties or family gatherings to commemorate these occasions, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. However, alcohol is usually served at these events, and you could make the mistake of drinking and driving after one.

Think again if you don’t believe drunk driving is a problem in Florida and elsewhere around the country. These facts say to the contrary. According to research, every 53 minutes driving under the influence causes an accident in the United States. The incidents can leave participants with numerous injuries, including but not limited to:

  • Broken Bones
  • Internal Injuries
  • Burns
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Paralysis

Of course, drunk driving accidents also kill people. AFMC states drunk driving kills around 10,000 people annually. So, a wrongful death is another unfortunate outcome that could present itself in a crash. Therefore, we’re sharing some tips here that will help Floridians avoid driving drunk this holiday season.

Use Public Transportation

Sure, one drink might not put you over the legal blood alcohol content level. However, it could affect your judgment just enough to make an error behind the wheel and cause a crash. Therefore, ensure that doesn’t become a problem by using the public transportation system to get around when you drink.

Designate A Driver For The Night

A lot of times, groups of friends will celebrate Halloween and New Year’s by bar hopping. They go from establishment to establishment having one drink after the next. It’s easy to see how that could be a problem if you’re trying to drive from one place to another after taking shots and drinking beers. So, ensure that doesn’t become a reality by planning the night out in advance. Find a designated driver to handle the driving duties for the evening so that no drunk driving takes place.

Have Your Place Stocked And Ready To Go

It is your prerogative to drink alone on the holidays if you wish. But if you’re going that route, make sure you have enough of the beverage of your choice, wine, beer, etc., to get through the entire occasion. Running out of halfway through the night could leave you grabbing your keys to go and get more. All it would take is one slip up for lives to be changed forever. Therefore, take the time to make sure you have an ample amount of your favorite beverage during the holiday to. That could be all it takes to prevent you from becoming a drunk driver.

Plan Safe Parties

If you’re hosting a holiday party with alcohol this year, putting some safety measures in place could prevent drunk driving. For instance, you can stop serving alcohol 60 to 90-minutes prior to the end of the festivities. Shutting this aspect down can be just what attendees need to sober up before driving. In addition, you should provide plenty of non-alcoholic options at the party. Those will quench the thirst of designated drivers and others who aren’t drinking and may prevent them from feeling compelled to do so.

Some Final Thoughts

Have you been injured by someone driving under the influence in Florida? If that’s the case, you might have the grounds to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more. Contact Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh to schedule a free case review with a personal injury lawyer and learn more today.

Michael J. Babboni's wide-ranging legal career is based on the strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and have access to effective legal help. Michael began putting his beliefs in action by helping the people of St. Petersburg Florida get what they are owed in civil trials fighting to protect families by making corporations pay, and honor their obligations.

Tips To Avoid Driving Drunk This Holiday Season

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