The holiday season is one of the most deadly times of the year on Florida roadways. The sad truth is that between Christmas and New Year’s, tragic car accidents take the lives of thousands throughout the country. Holiday parties and festivities are usually paired with copious amounts of alcohol, and the more a person drinks, the less capable they become of making smart decisions. Unfortunately, just one mistake to drink and drive can be deadly, and not just for you, but other drivers, passengers and pedestrians on the roads as well.
However, it is possible to have a wonderful holiday season without risking your life and others. Don’t be the victim of a drunken driving accident. The following simple tips can keep you safe on Hernando County roads this holiday season:
Delegate a designated driver – If you know you are going to be drinking at a holiday party or bar, plan ahead and choose a designated driver or make arrangements for an alternative form of transportation. Before you get to where you are going, know exactly how you will get home. If you are hosting a party and serving alcohol, make sure to have nonalcoholic drink options available for any designated drivers.
Try to stay off the Roads Late at Night – While you may not want to miss the ball drop on New Year’s Eve, getting home safe and sound is much more important. Drunk drivers are more prevalent late at night and in the early hours of the morning. It might be worth it to leave the party early so you avoid the late night rush of potentially intoxicated motorists and start your 2014 off in one piece.
Stick to the Right Lane – Statistics show that driving in the right lane can help you avoid drunk drivers as well as wrong-way motorists. Drunk drivers often drift out of their lane or swerve into oncoming traffic. The further you stay to the right of the road, the better your chances of avoiding a head-on collision or side-impact crash by an impaired driver.
While you want to do everything in your power to avoid an accident with a drunk driver this holiday season, don’t let your fear keep you from enjoying yourself. The best thing you can do to keep yourself and others safe is to plan ahead and make smart choices.
If you are injured, or if a loved one is killed as a result of drunk driver this holiday season in Spring Hill or Brooksville, please contact a Hernando County DUI Accident Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton online or call 352-666-2121 for a free consultation. You can always reach us statewide and toll-free 24/7 by dialing 866-608-5529.