Avoid Holiday Drinking and Driving

Avoid Holiday Drinking and Driving


Drunk driving is a consider problem on our nation’s roads every day, but this problem increases during the holidays. An average of 1 alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 50 minutes in 2018.1 Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers. It is important to note, that all drunk driving deaths can be prevented. During the Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday periods in 2018 alone, there were more drunk-driving-related fatalities than during any other holiday period that year.1

During the holiday season, be a responsible driver. Choose these responsible behaviors instead of drinking and driving:

  • Planning is important. Before you leave out, plan your safe ride home. Consider choosing a friend as a designated driver.
  • Accountability is key. If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys and arrange a ride home.
  • Utilize a ride sharing app, if you started drinking unexpectedly.
  • Remember to always wear your seat belt.

Drunk driving is considered a serious offense. Charges range from misdemeanors to felony offenses, and penalties for impaired driving can include driver’s license revocation, fines, and jail time.2A DUI can cost you thousands of dollars in attorney fees and fines. Avoid these consequences by choosing the responsible behaviors listed above.

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  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  2. NHTSA-Risky Driving