The holiday season is upon us and many will find themselves participating in some form of holiday travel. With so many travelers on the roadways during this time of year, it is incredibly important to keep safe driving practices in mind. One of the most important safe driving practices to remember is sober driving. Recently, those involved in Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have been partnering with local law enforcement to ensure those on the roads are traveling with safety in mind.
Impaired driving is on the minds of many during the holiday season, as often there tends to be a spike in the number of drunk drivers, as well as fatalities due to impaired driving at this time of year. In fact, according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, 1,068 people were killed from Thanksgiving Eve through New Year’s Eve in 2018 alone. In partnership with local police forces across the nation, MADD plans to curb impaired driving behaviors with its “Tie One On for Safety” campaign.
Drivers can show their support for the campaign – abstaining from drinking and supporting law enforcement efforts to protect the roads – by displaying a MADD Tie One On for Safety red ribbon or magnetic decal on their vehicles. The ribbons and magnetic decals can be found at local MADD offices across the nation.
The Importance of Driving Sober
Impaired or drunk driving is never acceptable, no matter the time of year or the celebration. Drunk driving is a major cause of vehicle crashes and deaths due to automobile accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each day in the United States 29 people die in motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals over $44 billion.
Effects of Alcohol on Drivers
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), when a driver has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or over they can begin to feel the effects of intoxication, such as:
- Poor muscle coordination
- Delayed reaction time
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty detecting danger
- Impaired judgment, self-control, reasoning, and memory
- Poor concentration
- Short-term memory loss
- Lack of control over vehicle speed
- Reduced information processing capability
- Impaired perception
In addition to alcohol, drugs other than alcohol (both legal and illegal) are also involved in at least 16% of vehicle crashes. As marijuana use begins to increase, among those driving at night and during the weekend 13% are likely to have marijuana in their system.
Houston Car Accident Attorney
Drunk driving is a serious issue and should not be taken lightly. Accidents involving impaired drivers happen more often in Texas than anywhere else in the nation. At Dax F. Garza, P.C., our attorneys understand the difficulties that come with a loved one’s involvement in an accident with a drunk driver. We have years of experience successfully handling cases involving all aspects of personal injury and wrongful death. If you or a loved one were injured in a drunk driving accident, contact the trial attorneys at Dax F. Garza, P.C. today to discuss your case and get a free consultation.