Because there are more people driving and drinking during the holiday season, there are more fatalities, so be cautious with your holiday alcohol consumption.
Every day, nearly 30 people are killed in car accidents involving an intoxicated driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 226 children were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2011, with 54% of those riding with a drunk driver.
Most people believe that New Year’s Day is the worst holiday for alcohol-related fatalities, but Thanksgiving has recently been tagged. However, because there are more people on the road at this time of year, there have been significant fatalities as a result of drinking.
Holiday parties are generally supportive of your favorite alcoholic beverages, so know how much is too much if you must celebrate with that favorite champagne.
Even if you are not slurring your words or losing your balance while driving, this does not mean that your concentration is adequate.
Caffeine may help you stay awake by giving you more energy, but it does not help you think clearly.
If you are hosting a party, consider providing a non-alcoholic beverage so that your guests have a choice.
If you are going to drink, plan ahead of time and rely on your partner who does not drink and drive.
If you make a mistake, ask a sober person to drive you home.
If the worst happens, stay where you are or find a hotel within walking distance of the party. This is something you might be able to plan ahead of time.
Always keep cab fare money and contact information in your phone or wallet.
If you see someone driving recklessly, contact your local law enforcement.
You can take responsibility for yourself, and others will occasionally listen to your concerns about drinking and driving. Unfortunately, the stranger on the road may disregard the numerous and repeated warnings about driving while intoxicated. A life insurance policy can help your loved ones if something bad happens to you, and rates can be influenced by your driving record and DUI history; yet another reason to drink responsibly.
For more information, speak with a life insurance specialist.