Posted on: Dec. 16, 2016 in Driving, Auto Insurance, Safety

The holiday season is the perfect time for celebrating. But before you head out to the party, keep in mind these sobering statistics. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • a person is injured in a drunk driving crash every two minutes.
  • 27 people die every day in America as a result of drunk driving crashes.
  • In 2015, 10,265 people died in drunk driving crashes.

You may think that you’re able to drive after a drink or two. You may believe that driving with the windows down or drinking coffee will help you get sober enough to drive. But one drink can be enough to impair your driving and nothing will sober you up besides time.

This time of year, when holiday parties are in full swing, the police are often out in with extra patrols to catch impaired drivers. These additional DUI checkpoints may seem like a nuisance, but they are intended to deter people from driving when they should not. Driving under the influence can lead to arrest, license suspension, and insurance surcharges if caught. But those are the best outcomes, given how many people are injured are killed due to drunk driving.

If you’re headed out to celebrate the season, here are some party-going tips to help keep you, and the other people out there, safe.

  • If you’re planning to drink, don’t plan to drive.
  • Have one person in your party volunteer to be the designated driver.
  • If you end up drinking but didn’t plan to, take a cab or Uber, or call a friend for a ride. Don’t walk and risk getting hurt. You can always pick up your car tomorrow.
  • If possible, spend the night where the party is being held so you don’t have to travel at all.
  • If you see someone on the road who appears impaired, call the police. You could end up saving a life.
  • If someone at the party has been drinking, don’t let them drive.
  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure everyone in the car does too. If there is an accident, you’ll be safer.

No one wants to put a damper on the fun, but a car accident certainly will! Drink responsibly or don’t drink at all.

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