by Tim O’Hare
The holiday season is one of the most deadly times of the year on Texas roads. Last year, between Christmas and New Years (December 21-25 and December 28 – January 1), 72 people were killed in car accidents in Texas.
Holiday parties often come served with a large dose of alcohol — the more a person drinks, the more impaired his or her decision-making will be. One wrong decision to drink and drive could be deadly for you, or someone else.
It is possible to enjoy the holidays without putting your life in danger; believe it or not, choosing not to drink doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on holiday fun.
Don’t be a victim of drunk driving. Here are three tips to stay safe on the roads this holiday season:
Choose a designated driver. If you’re going to a holiday party and you plan to consume alcohol, plan ahead and select a designated driver or alternative form of transportation. Before you get to the party, know exactly how you will get home. If you’re hosting a party and serving alcohol, be sure to provide plenty of nonalcoholic drink options for the designated drivers.
Avoid late night driving. Nobody wants to be the party pooper who leaves just before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. But if it means getting home safely, it’s worth it. Leave the party early so you can avoid the late night rush of potentially dangerous drivers and start 2014 off in one piece.
Drive in the right lane. Sticking to the right lane can save your life from drunk drivers, and wrong-way drivers alike. Often times drunk drivers drift out of their lane or into oncoming traffic. The further you are to the right of the road, the better your chances of avoiding being sideswiped or hit head-on by a drunk driver.
Don’t let the fear of becoming a victim of drunk driving keep you from enjoying the festivities this holiday season. Just be sure to plan ahead and make smart choices to keep yourself and others safe.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of drunk driving, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with a Dallas personal injury attorney.
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