DRIVE SOBER THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Posted on: May. 26, 2017 in Driving, Safety

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer and people across the country will be celebrating this weekend. Local BBQs, day trips, and weekend getaways are among the popular activities expected, as they are every year.

According to AAA, it is projected that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, with more travelers in any year since 2005. Increased consumer spending has seen travel increase over the past year, so travel on a big holiday weekend is no surprise. Of the 39.3 million, it is expected that 34.6 million will be driving to their destinations.

An increased number of drivers on the road often leads to an increased number of traffic accidents. If you live in an area that is likely to see more out of town visitors, the risks can also increase because drivers may be less familiar with the area. But one factor that contributes to these collisions is the higher rate of drinking and driving that tends to occur, and this is completely preventable.

If you’re planning to celebrate the holiday, here are some tips:

  • Select a designated driver who agrees not to drink at all.
  • Download a ridesharing app like Uber or Lyft and have it ready in case you need a ride.
  • While it is possible to drive after having consumed alcohol earlier in the day, use extreme caution.
  • Avoid traveling during peak times. Saturday morning and Monday morning are generally less congested.
  • Do not let others drink and drive.

Law enforcement is likely to have an increased number of sobriety checkpoints over the weekend as well. While consequences for driving under the influence vary in every state, they are typically severe no matter where you are. You could be arrested, lose your license, be required to pay a significant fine, or even spend time in jail. If convicted of a DUI, you can expect to have your insurance rates go up. If this is not your first DUI conviction, the penalties will be even more severe.

Finally, drinking and driving can kill and injure others. Protect yourself and those around you by driving sober this holiday weekend.

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