Office holiday parties, getting together with friends and family, and New Year’s Eve festivities afford opportunities for fun but also an increased risk for overconsumption of alcohol. Having fun doesn’t excuse anybody from being responsible, but some drivers ignore the danger and ultimately cause an auto accident.
December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving are raising awareness of not only the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol but also the increasingly serious threat of drugged driving. An estimated 20% of auto accidents are caused by abuse of prescription or illegal drugs behind the wheel.
No matter what your plans are for the holiday, it’s important to keep yourself and others in your party safe. Avoid your risk of impaired driving by:
- Knowing your limits
- Drinking responsibly or not at all
- Being aware of any side effects of prescription medication and potential interactions with alcohol
- Abstaining from illegal drugs
- Calling a cab if you don’t think you can drive safely
If you don’t plan on drinking, consider volunteering to be your group’s designated driver so everyone can have fun safely without worrying about who’s going to get behind the wheel. When someone who is obviously impaired tries to drive, be firm but non-confrontational when persuading them to hand over the keys.
If you or someone you love was injured in an auto accident due to the irresponsibility of a drunk or drugged driver, please contact The Rubinstein Law Group or call (855) 365-9955 today for a free review of your case with our experienced Escondido lawyer.