The Most Dangerous Time to Drive | San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney
The holidays are arguably the busiest time of year when it comes to travel. Many individuals and families choose to drive during the holidays, whether that’s to nearby relatives or the company holiday party.
Because of the increase in traffic experienced during the holiday season, there is also an increase in driving accidents. These accidents are often the result of detrimental weather or impaired drivers who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol—making the holidays the most dangerous time to drive on roads.
The Drunk Driving Statistics
Recent holiday drunk driving statistics show that during the holidays, specifically from Christmas to New Year’s, an average of 300 people died in alcohol-related crashes every year for 5 years. In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2016, almost 29 people every day died in alcohol-involved crashes, which averages out to one every 50 minutes.
More drunk driving statistics show that DUI arrests occur most often Thanksgiving weekend through to the end of New Year’s weekend. In December of 2010, nearly 2,500 people lost their lives due to a motor vehicle crash.
With these drunk driving statistics in mind, we know that there are times when you can’t avoid going on the road during the holidays, so we are going to give you some tips for driving and staying safe on the roads during the holiday seasons.
Driving Safe This Holiday Season
Road trips can be an exciting time for any family or individual looking to go somewhere for the holidays. With the excitement, it is crucial to remember these simple tips that will keep you and others safe on the road this year.
Vehicle Maintenance is Up to Date
Before hitting the road, make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape. Check your lights, windshield wipers, tires, and make sure fluids are topped off.
Prepare for Emergencies
If you live in an area or are visiting an area where snow isn’t a stranger, make sure you prepare for any emergency that may leave you in your car for a while. When emergencies happen, it’s never a bad idea to be overly prepared.
Follow the Rules of the Road
You can be sure that you’ll pass a police officer once or twice during your road travels. During the holidays, authorities will be working a little harder to ensure roads are staying safe for those driving. Make their job a little easier by driving sober and staying within speed limits.
Holiday Drinking and Staying Safe
The holiday season means parties, many parties. Whether it’s a business Christmas party or a New Year’s Eve celebration with family and friends, you can usually count on the inclusion of alcohol. Here are some holiday tips to stay safe after drinking:
Don’t become a holiday drunk driving statistic this year. Enjoy the holiday season and stay safe on the roads!
- Plan ahead
- Add contact information for cab or car services to your phone
- Have a designated driver
- If you are unable to drive, wait until you are sober
- Stick to the plan
- Have a backup plan
Bradley Corbett is a criminal defense attorney in San Diego. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo Utah in 2004. Later he enrolled at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego where he participated in a prestigious internship program with the Los Angeles County Public Defender. Since then he has handled over 2,000 cases.