The holiday season is a time for celebration. Everyone is out attending holiday parties and gatherings with their co-workers, friends, and family. They’re full of joy and cheer during this most wonderful time of year.
Unfortunately, all of the celebrating also often includes alcohol. And the holidays are one of the worst times of the year for drunk driving. Take a look at some of the statistics provided by MADD on drunk driving. Suffice it to say, this is a serious problem.
The risks and consequences for drunk driving are serious and they shouldn’t be taken lightly. If someone drives while under the influence of alcohol they could face serious penalties that include expensive fines, license suspension or revocation, jail time, injury, and even death.
If you’re going to be out this holiday season and New Years Eve: traveling, going to parties, shopping, or participating in holiday activities, it’s important to know the signs of an intoxicated driver. It’s also important to know how to avoid intoxicated drivers and what you should do if you see one.
When you’re driving, it’s necessary to give the road your full attention to be prepared for safety hazards along the way. A drunk driver is a safety hazard. So you should be familiar with common signs of intoxication when you’re driving. Some of these signs include:
Many times when you’ve been out driving, you’ve probably seen another driver exhibit signs of intoxication. This is a scary situation, and as a concerned driver, you’ve probably thought, What can I do about this?
If you’re on the road and you see a drunk driver, there are some steps you can take to ensure that the driver doesn’t endanger you or anyone else.
If you are drinking please do not drive. With taxis or an Uber driver literally a few taps of the smart-phone away, there is really no excuse.
By paying attention to the other drivers on the road, you should be able to determine if they’re displaying signs of intoxication. If you happen to see a drunk driver, it’s important to primarily stay safe, and, only if safe to do so, alert law enforcement to make sure the driver doesn’t do any harm. And if you do find yourself involved in an accident with a drunk driver, contact a North Miami Beach car injury lawyer as soon as possible. No one should ever have to pay for someone else’s mistake, and you may be entitled to compensation to help you recover from injuries.
From all of us at Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Stay safe.