Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, and with it the vast array of
festivities, fiestas, and margaritas. While this is an exciting holiday
for many, it can lead to dangerous situations.
In 2014, 116 auto accidents resulted in deaths on Cinco de Mayo. Even more
disturbing is that 17% of those drivers had BAC levels of .15 grams or
higher, which is nearly two times the legal limit in Georgia. The best
way to prevent such a crash from occurring this year is to plan ahead
by designating a sober driver. This doesn’t necessarily mean that
one of the group members has to abstain from drinking during the festivities
– taking a simple step such as booking an Uber or cab for your outing
can save lives. By making these plans well before departing for your celebrations
is the best safety precaution.
One of the most common reasons drunk driving crashes occur is because the
driver felt they weren’t “too drunk” to get behind the
wheel. Remember the motto:
Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. Even one drink can lead to a buzz.
If the accident statistic numbers aren’t enough to convince one to
avoid intoxicated driving, the personal costs associated might. If you
cause an accident while intoxicated, you will likely be charged at the
least with DUI. The average costs for this type of charge is $10,000.
You also risk losing your driver’s license entirely, paying higher
insurance premiums, and even time in jail. So if the cost of a cab or
Uber seems like too much, consider the extra costs you would face by driving
under the influence.
Perhaps the best option for a ride home is the SaferRide app, provided
by the NHTSA via iTunes and Google Play. This offers safe ride options
for rates as low as $0.
Drunk driving crashes are 100% preventable, so partner with Jones &
Swanson this Cinco de Mayo by making a commitment to plan ahead and avoid