Drinking and Thanksgiving: A Dangerous Combination
Consult a Columbus drunk driving lawyer if you get a DUI
Did you know that Thanksgiving marks the beginning of DUI season?
As more Americans travel to visit with friends and loved ones, more people also end up having a few too many drinks and getting behind the wheel. One study showed that between 1998 and 2008, an average of 51 people died per day in DUI-related accidents on U.S. highways during the Thanksgiving holiday.
In order to ensure your Thanksgiving doesn’t have a tragic ending, please follow these safety guidelines:
Don’t drive drunk
The first and most important rule. If you’ve had too much to drink, don’t drive. If you’re not sure if you’re drunk or not, don’t drive. If your family or friends question your ability to drive, don’t drive. Get the picture?
If there’s any question about the amount of alcohol you’ve had, take the safest route and avoid driving altogether. Ask someone else to drive, or see if your Thanksgiving hosts will let you stay the night.
Don’t let your friends or relatives drive drunk
If you notice that one of your friends or family members has been drinking excessively, say something. Try to convince them to stay the night, or offer to drive them home if you’re sober.
If they’re stubborn and insist on driving, remind them that the police increase highway presence and DUI checkpoints during the holidays, and stress the consequences they could face if they get a DUI. Even if you have to take their keys, it’s not worth letting someone drive home drunk just to avoid confrontation.
Be wary of other drivers
You don’t have to be a drunk driver to become a DUI statistic.
Even if you’re completely sober on the drive to or from your Thanksgiving destination, keep in mind that DUI-related accidents spike during the holiday season. In fact, Thanksgiving Eve is one of the biggest DUI nights of the year, and is even considered to be be more dangerous than St. Patrick’s Day.
Because of this, be sure to take extra precaution when traveling during the holidays. Here are some defensive driving techniques to keep in mind:
- Look both ways at intersections, even if you have a green light
- Double-check your mirrors
- Stay at the proper speed limit
- Don’t try to beat red lights or perform any other risky maneuvers
- Keep your eye on erratic drivers, and report them to the police if possible
Call a Columbus DUI lawyer
If you get pulled over and arrested for a DUI, call one of Yavitch & Palmer’s drunk driving attorneys. They can thoroughly investigate every aspect of your case and work to get your drunk driving charges minimized, or completely dismissed.