Get Home Safely: Labor Day Weekend Tips to Prevent Drunk Driving Accidents
When it comes to a list of dangerous times to drive in America, Labor Day weekend is among the top 10. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), and other safety groups, the chances of getting caught in a drunk driving accident are three-times more likely during Labor Day weekend than the average day. If statistics follow a predictable trend, then roughly 400 people across the country will lose their lives in fatal car accidents during Labor Day weekend, and about another 49,000 will be seriously injured in collisions.
We all need to do our part to help stop drunk driving accidents this upcoming Labor Day weekend. After all, every single drunk driving accident is entirely predictable — all it takes is never getting behind the wheel after drinking.
Review this list of helpful tips to keep everyone safe this Labor Day weekend:
- Never drink and drive: Even after drinking one mild alcoholic beverage, your mental acuity and reaction times will drop dramatically. If you are planning on drinking during a Labor Day celebration, then you should not plan on driving, and vice versa.
- Arrange a ride home: If you have decided you are going to drink this Labor Day, start thinking now about how you can safely get a ride home. You can team up with a designated driver who you know will not drink, you can store a taxi company’s number in your wallet, and you can also download a ridesharing app. Uber and Lyft are both popular and easy to use. You will be thankful to have these plans in place ahead of time.
- Throw a party: A simple way to not have to worry about driving yourself home after a Labor Day weekend party is throwing one of your own. As the host, you can control what alcohol is served and to whom, helping keep other intoxicated drivers off the road. Best of all, at the end of the night, it is only a few steps to your bed for rest.
- Call the police: Drunk drivers are dangerous as long as they are on the road. If you see someone showing signs of intoxication as they drive, you can help save others from an accident by calling the police and reporting the driver. Only law enforcement officials have the power to remove that driver from the road. Pull over when it is safe to do so, call your local sheriff’s department or 911 if the driver is creating an immediate danger to others around them, and give them as much information as you can. Helpful notes are a description of the car, any characters in the license plate, and the direction the driver was heading when you saw them.
Compassionate Car Accident Attorneys in El Paso, Texas
The most careful preparation does not guarantee you will be able to avoid negligent, intoxicated drivers this Labor Day weekend. If you get blindsided by another driver and suffer a serious injury, then you deserve compensation for your damages and harm. For reliable legal representation for your claim, call (915) 206-5154 and talk to an El Paso personal injury lawyer from Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC. Throughout our 80+ years of collective legal experience, we have been able to secure a history of impressive case results for our clients throughout our community.
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