If your Halloween weekend includes celebrating with cocktails, be sure to make plans for a sober ride home in advance. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds us that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. According to NHTSA, 41% of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night from 2015 to 2019 were in crashes involving a drunk driver. Since Halloween lands on a Sunday this year, that will likely mean more parties throughout the weekend, with more opportunities to make responsible choices. Enjoy your spooky parties, but have a designated driver, or use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely!
July 4th is a celebration of American independence and freedom. Don’t jeopardize your freedom by drinking and driving. Law enforcement across the US are taking part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign during the 4th of July holiday period, June 29 through July 5, 2019, to put an end to drunk driving.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that over the 4th of July holiday period in 2017 (6 p.m. June 30 to 5:59 a.m. July 5), 601 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. 39% (237) of those fatalities occurred in alcohol-impaired crashes. This is a 23% increase from 2016, during which 192 people were killed during the same holiday period. NHTSA urges drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving.
St. Patrick’s Day 2018
St. Patrick’s Day for many means drinking lots of green beer. In fact, March 17th is ranked the 4th most popular drinking day behind New Year’s Eve, Christmas, and the 4th of July, according to WalletHub. So, while you are preparing for a fun night out, take a look at these sobering statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and as always, please remember that drinking and driving don’t mix.
- St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays on our nation’s roads. During the 2012-2016 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18), 269 lives were lost due in drunk-driving crashes.
- In 2016 alone, 60 people (39% of all crash fatalities) were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period.
- Between midnight and 5:59 a.m. March 18, 2016, almost three-fourths (69%) of crash fatalities involved a drunk driver.
- Walking home from the bar after a night out partying? That can also be dangerous. In 2016, 36% of the pedestrians killed in crashes had blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of .08 or higher.
Please make arrangements in advance to get home safely. Have a designated driver in your group, plan to use public transportation, or utilize Uber or Lyft. Bottom line, be sure you have a sober ride lined up before you take your first sip.
What’s your game plan?
Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner … do you have a game plan? As Denver and Seattle go head to head, don’t forget to use yours! Whether you are having friends over or you’re watching the game at a friend’s house or sports bar, there are safety precautions you can take to make sure everyone “arrives alive” when they go home.
If you are having friends over, here are simple tips to be a responsible host:
- Before the game even starts, check that everyone has a designated sober driver to get home
- Provide protein-rich foods like meats and cheeses or finger sandwiches; salty snacks tend to make people want to drink more
- There should ALWAYS be non-alcoholic beverages available
- Stop serving alcoholic beverages between the 3rd and 4th quarter (just like NFL stadiums!)
If you are spending game day at a friend’s place, a bar, or a restaurant, these tips should be part of your Game Day Game Plan:
- Have a designated sober driver before you leave home (or be one yourself)
- Be mindful of drinking on an empty stomach and eat foods high in protein
- Pace yourself! Take breaks and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks
- Be a true friend by keeping an eye on your friends and make sure no one drives if they’re intoxicated
No matter who you’re cheering for, following these safety tips are a game day WIN!
How to Keep Your Holidays Merry and Bright
’Tis the season for holiday celebrations! But hold on there…we want to remind you ’tis also the season to be extra cautious on roadways. December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention month, and what better time to address dangers of driving intoxicated than now? This month abounds with lots of food and lots to drink. We know it’s easy to get caught up in all the cheer and merriment of the holiday season, and that’s why it’s a really good time to remember the consequences of driving impaired. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), data shows that the holiday season is a particularly dangerous time on the roadways:
- In 2011, 760 people lost their lives as a result of drunk-driving-related crashes during the month of December alone.
- Nearly 30% of the 14,318 December crash fatalities from 2007 to 2011 involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.
It may be easy to tune statistics out, but take a moment to really visualize the risks of drunk and buzzed driving and how you’ll be affected. A DUI conviction stays on your record indefinitely, affecting your home life, your work, and just about every other aspect of your life. Being convicted of a DUI comes at great cost: monetary loss due to legal fees, lost wages, and potential civil lawsuits — not to mention a significant increase in your auto insurance rates. If you believe putting yourself at risk isn’t that big of a deal, then at least think of the innocent people who could be injured or killed because of YOUR bad decision. Living with the aftermath of such incidents is devastating. How could you ever make it up to them? No matter how you look at it, driving under the influence of even ONE drink is not worth the risks.
The best decision you can make is one you make before partaking in any consumption of alcohol. If you are attending a party or event where alcohol will be present, decide beforehand to either abstain from drinking completely or to abstain from driving. You must decide on your plan BEFORE you begin enjoying the festivities, especially if you tend to have trouble abstaining even when you know you need to drive. Once alcohol hits your system, you’re a lot more likely to make poor decisions.
If you’re going to be with a group of people, select a designated driver. There are several organizations that participate in a designated driver program, with many establishments offering incentives like complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for the DD. Who doesn’t love FREE?
In case you can’t find a designated driver, or if your designated driver fails to maintain sobriety, have a taxi cab number on hand to call at the end of the night to pick you up and drop you off. It’s a lot less expensive than a DUI.
Now … go drink and be merry! Just remember – your drink doesn’t have to be alcoholic, and never should be if you plan to drive.