As soon as midnight hits on New Year’s Eve things seem to take a turn for the worst. Did you know that drunk driving is a much more prominent issue during the first day of January?
According to Russ Rader, an institute spokesperson, New Year’s day is the worst day of the year for fatal crashes involving drunk drivers. He even mentioned that it was the most hazardous day for pedestrians in general. At least half of all crashes that happen on New Year’s involve a driver who was considered over the legal limit.
While the title to this article implies there will be an instance of some kind that makes drunk driving okay, there is not. Drunk driving is NEVER okay. There is never anything acceptable about getting behind the wheel impaired. When you get behind the wheel when you are drunk you are not only putting your life at risk but the lives of everyone else out on the road be it in other vehicles or on foot.
More than 42 percent of the traffic accidents that occur on New Year’s Eve alone are the result of drinking and driving. Did you know that for some reason there are 71 percent more crashes with drugs or alcohol being a contributing factor between the December 31st and January 1st? Some argue this is because younger people are home from school and letting loose but regardless this is completely unacceptable.
New Year’s driving statistics from SafeAuto.com show that between the years of 2008 and 2012, January 1st had the highest percentage of alcohol-related deaths when compared to any other holiday. It was actually found that on New Year’s Day in 2013 alone 140 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes. This is especially significant considering on most days only about 28 people die in alcohol-related crashes.
Please remember the things above when you are enjoying yourself this New Year’s. There is nothing wrong with letting loose and having fun but do so responsibly. Keep the keys put up and stay where you are. Driving drunk is not worth the risks. Your life and the lives of others are worth more than a mistake like that.
If you must travel while drunk be sure to have a designated driver and remember that you should never let anyone who has been drinking drive. If someone appears to be impaired take their keys always do your best to prevent accidents. It is always better to call someone for a ride or something of the sort than to put yourself and those around you in danger. Drink responsibly. Please click here for more information about how damning drunk driving can truly be. It is NEVER okay to drive drunk.