As the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays draw nearer and Georgians prepare
for festivities, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is
kicking off its pre-holiday season drunk driving prevention campaign.
Jones & Swanson is teaming up with the NHTSA in an effort to remind
all motorists that it’s extremely hazardous to operate a vehicle
after consuming alcohol. The best way to prevent drunk driving is to choose
before the alcohol consumption begins. By planning ahead, you could prevent not
only the headache and hassle associated with a DUI, but an injury-causing
crash as well. The last thing you want to do to face around the holidays
is the guilt of injuring an innocent bystander after making the decision
to drive after drinking.
Unfortunately, many U.S. citizens feel that it’s ok to drive after
having only a little bit to drink. In reality, most people don’t
truly know their own limits when it comes to drinking. The consumption
of alcohol itself serves to lessen one’s ability to make a smart
decision, so deciding to drive after having a drink or two is not smart.
Operating a motor vehicle can be extremely dangerous even when at peak
performance, so driving with any alcohol in your body is just that much
more unsafe. It doesn’t take much to affect your decision-making
behind the wheel of a vehicle. Remember, even
Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
In 2013, approximately 10,076 lives were lost in
drunk driving automobile accidents. That same year, 1/3 of all U.S. motor vehicle fatalities involved intoxicated
driving. Holiday get-togethers and parties make the winter months especially
dangerous. In December of 2013, more than 730 people lost their lives
in auto and motorcycle crashes involving a drunk driver.
For the 2015 holiday season, we urge Georgians to avoid drunk driving at
all costs. If you know you’re attending an event where you’ll
be tempted to drive, leave your keys at home. Designate a driver or use
a car service to attend the event, just in case. If your concerned about
spending the money on a taxi, remember that cost will be very little compared
to the financial and emotional costs that come with a DUI crash.
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