Holiday Drinking and Driving

The holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for alcohol-related traffic accidents.  Due to the numerous holiday parties each year, people are more inclined to drink and drive.  Many holiday drinkers that do not drink often have a low tolerance for alcohol and may underestimate their level of impairment and drive when they should not.  Also, problem drinkers may drink more heavily than they normally do since there are more social occasions to drink.  All of this, unfortunately, contributes to an increase in the number of motor vehicle accidents during the holiday season.

There are certain things that can be done to minimize the danger of being involved in an accident during this time of year.  First, it is important to remember that alcohol takes time to metabolize.  If you are going to have a drink, do so at the beginning of the evening so that you will have enough time for the alcohol to metabolize out of your system.  In the alternative, you can also designate a driver to remain sober before the party begins.

If you choose to drive under the influence and injure someone in a motor vehicle accident, you may subject yourself to additional civil damages than had you not been intoxicated when the accident happened.  Click here to find out more information regarding civil liability for causing an accident while intoxicated.

If you remember these tips, hopefully the holiday season will be a pleasant and enjoyable time and as always, remember to buckle up.