Every year, the holiday season witnesses a dramatic increase in alcohol consumption. Unfortunately, this also leads to a rise in DUI-related accidents. The statistics are staggering and can no longer be ignored. More people need to be aware of the dangers of drinking and driving to make responsible choices about how to get home safely on New Year’s Eve without risking their lives or those of other motorists.
The Statistics Behind the Problem
According to data collected by the National Safety Council (NSC), it is estimated that 427 people may die during the New Year’s Day period—this is over twice the estimated amount than that was expected in 2020.
On top of that, it’s shown that in 2018, 28% of fatalities were connected to alcohol impairment.
What’s even more alarming is that these accidents are most likely to involve young adults aged 21–24 celebrating with friends and family. So while everyone wants to have a good time during the holidays, it is essential not to forget about safety.
How To Avoid Becoming a Statistic
Given what we know about the prevalence of drinking and driving during the holidays, there has never been a better time for individuals to take extra precautions when out drinking on New Year’s Eve. Here are some tips for avoiding becoming included in one of these statistics:
- Have a designated driver – This should be someone who will abstain from drinking altogether and get everyone home safely after the festivities.
- Use public transportation – Taking cabs or using ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft is always an option if you plan ahead.
- Stay overnight – If possible, try staying at your location for the night instead of attempting an impaired drive home.
- Don’t drink at all – Ultimately, this may be your safest option if you plan on taking any kind of journey by car afterward.
It might not seem like much fun, but following these tips could save your life—or someone else’s—this holiday season! If you end up in an accident over the holiday, contact the DiPasquale Moore team today. We can assist you with getting the compensation you need to recover.
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