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 drunk driving.