Christmas DUI Accidents Expected to Increase This Weekend
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Dec 23, 2015 in Car Accidents
As people across the country are preparing to travel this week for Christmas, safety advocates are expressing concerns about dangerous roads.
The National Safety Council predicts that this will the deadliest holiday weekend for traffic fatalities since 2009.
The safety group estimates 307 people will be killed and 37,200 will be seriously injured between Christmas Eve and Sunday, Dec. 27. More drivers are expected to be on the road thanks to milder weather, lower gas prices, and Christmas falling on a Friday.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Ads
Christmas and New Year’s Eve are among the most dangerous times of the year to drive, largely due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the road. To prepare for this, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a new “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” advertising campaign.
The ads are being shown with the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens film, to reach as wide an audience as possible. The ads depict young people speaking to a reflection of themselves in a mirror that convince them they are ok to drive.
The intent is to emphasize the difficulty people have in assessing their own ability to drive when they have been drinking. There were 9,967 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in 2014, and in 69 percent of the accidents, at least one driver had blood alcohol concentration that was more than twice the legal limit.
Millions of people across the country will be celebrating this weekend with their loved ones. A bad decision can turn what should be a joyous time into a tragic one.
If you choose to drink, plan ahead and avoid becoming a statistic. Designate a driver or arrange alternate transportation.
The attorneys at D’Amico & Pettinicchi wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday. Please drive safe and don’t drink and drive. If you are in need of a car accident attorney, contact us today for a free consultation today.