According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day almost 30 people die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol impaired driver. Over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics indicated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. And the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in 2011, 226 children were killed in drunk driving crashes and 54% of those were riding with a drunk driver.
Most think that New Years Day is the worst holiday for alcohol-related fatalities but according to many sources, Thanksgiving has recently been tagged. However, Christmas and New Years day have seen significant fatalities due to drinking because there are generally more people on the road this time of year.
Holiday parties generally support your favorite alcoholic beverages, so if you have to celebrate with that favorite champagne know how much is too much.
Though you may not be slurring your words and losing your equilibrium, that does not mean that your concentration for driving is OK.
- Caffeine may help with giving you more energy to stay awake but does not sober your thinking.
- Think about having a non-alcoholic beverage if you are the host of a party so that your guests have a choice.
- Plan ahead if you are going to drink trusting in your partner who does not drink and drive.
- If you make a mistake, ask someone sober to take you home.
- If worse comes to worse, stay where you are or plan on staying at a hotel within walking distance from the party. This is something that you may be able to prearrange.
- Always have money for a cab and have there information stored in your phone or wallet
- If you see someone driving erratically, call your local law enforcement.
You can assume responsibility for yourself and sometimes others will listen to your concerns about drinking and driving. But, unfortunately, the stranger on the road may not heed the numerous and repeated warnings about driving under the influence of alcohol. A life insurance policy can support your loved ones in the event that something happens to you and rates can be dependent on your driving record and DUI history; another reason to drink responsibly.
Check with a life insurance specialist for more information.