Drunk Driving Through the Holidays
This Thursday is Thanksgiving, which some consider the kick-off of the winter holiday season. Families across the country are gearing up to celebrate family and togetherness through elaborate meals, drinks, and laughter.
However, with the celebrations planned throughout the end of November and into January comes an increase in accidents caused by drunk and drugged drivers.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving sponsors the “Tie One On For Safety” event each year, where participants display red ribbons on their vehicles throughout the holiday season as a pledge to avoid impaired driving and remind others to do the same.
Designated drivers and prearranged plans guarantee safety for everyone. Driving services such as Uber and Lyft offer options for unexpected situations in which someone is no longer capable of operating their vehicle safely. Cheaper than taxi services and available immediately through an app on one’s cell phone, the driving services often offer special discounts during the holidays.
Law enforcement agencies are making their own preparations to help prevent tragedy this holiday season. Checkpoints, increased police patrols, and public service announcements might seem annoying to some, but they are in place to keep families from experiencing the devastation of having to bury their loved ones during what should be a happy and festive time.
Drunk drivers don’t only victimize themselves. According to MADD, every two minutes a person is injured in a drunk driving accident and each day 28 people will die due to drunk driving. Drunk driving through the holidays only increases this rate.
What measures are you taking this holiday season to stay safe and avoid drunk driving? Let us know in the comments!
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Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.