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Beware of Holiday Drinking and Driving | Facts on Holiday Driving Dangers

Beware of Holiday Drinking and Driving

SOBERING FACTS

  • The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that 40% of traffic related deaths during Christmas and New Year’s involve drunk drivers.[i]
  • On average 27 people die each day in December due to drunk-driving wrecks.[ii]
  • 1 in 8 licensed drivers who consume alcohol say they’ve driven when they thought they were close to the legal limit of 0.08 BAC level in the past year.[iii]
  • 51% of drunk drivers say they drink more during holidays than any other time of year.[iv]
  • 96% of adults showed up to work hungover after a party or know someone who did.[v]
  • 50% of people say that alcohol plays a role in their family during holiday gatherings.[vi]

LEGAL TROUBLES

If those statistics didn’t give you pause, the penalty for a DWI has serious repercussions. Your first DWI offense you may be fined up to $2,000 and spend between three and 180 days in jail. Your license may be suspended for up to two years, and if you receive a second DWI, you may have to pay fines up to $4,000 and serve a jail sentence of one month to one year.[vii]

CALL AN UBER

More importantly, should you choose to drink and drive, you endanger others’ lives on our roads. Don’t take the risk and call an Uber or Taxi. The Uber app allows you pinpoint the location pickup of your friends and loved ones who have been drinking and may be tempted to drive.  Your loved one can receive a text with important trip details like ETA, car type, and driver contact info, so that they can coordinate directly with the driver.[viii]

If you or a loved one has been injured an accident where a drunk driver hit you, you may have a potential claim for damages against the driver. The personal injury lawyers with the Ammons Law Firm have the legal resources and experience to assist you. Call 713-523-1606.

[i] https://www.scramsystems.com/images/uploads/general/content-images/holiday/infographic-drinking-duis-during-holidays.jpg

[ii] http://drivingschool.net/sober-facts-of-holiday-drinking-and-driving/

[iii] https://www.scramsystems.com/images/uploads/general/content-images/holiday/infographic-drinking-duis-during-holidays.jpg

[iv] https://www.scramsystems.com/images/uploads/general/content-images/holiday/infographic-drinking-duis-during-holidays.jpg

[v] https://www.scramsystems.com/images/uploads/general/content-images/holiday/infographic-drinking-duis-during-holidays.jpg

[vi] https://www.scramsystems.com/images/uploads/general/content-images/holiday/infographic-drinking-duis-during-holidays.jpg

[vii] https://www.dwi-texas.com/texas-dwi-penalties/

[viii] https://www.uber.com/blog/enjoy-stress-free-holiday-help-uber/