Through early January, residents of Wisconsin will certainly gather with family, friends and loved ones to celebrate the holidays and the start of 2016. It is safe to say that many of these gatherings will feature drinks for adults to help them get into the holiday spirit.
It is good to have a fun time and celebrate the New Year’s holiday. But if you plan on driving after you have been enjoying alcohol at a holiday event, please think again: It’s just too dangerous.
As statistics show – and our lawyers have seen – drunk driving accidents happen all too often due to bad choices.
Drinking and driving ruins not only your own holiday plans. It can destroy the lives and dreams of other innocent motorists and passengers and their families.
Statistics prepared by state and national organizations and agencies show an increase in the rate of alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes during the holidays.
For example, statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that during one recent 16-day span between December 15 and January 1:
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, citing the NHTSA, found that the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths is two to three times higher between Christmas and New Year’s than during other similar periods. In fact:
Consider these facts:
Staying safe on the roads this holiday season is a matter of planning in advance how you will respond if you find yourself at a party or establishment and alcohol is available for consumption.
Make your response plan ahead of time – and stick to your plan!
You can choose from many alternatives to drinking and driving, including:
Note that walking home while intoxicated is not a safe or effective way to make it home during the winter (or at any other time of the year, for that matter).
According to research published by Loyola Medicine, drunk walking can be as dangerous for your health and safety as drunk driving.
At Techmeier Law Firm, our experienced and compassionate Milwaukee car accident lawyers have seen the devastation and damage a drunk driver can do. That is why we are passionate about encouraging all drivers this holiday season to think before they drink.
We are equally passionate about helping alcohol-related crash victims to hold drivers who decide to drink and drive accountable for their reckless actions.
Contact us today if you or a loved one is or has been injured in a drunk driving accident in Wisconsin.