The holiday season is a time for celebration, togetherness, and spreading joy. However, it’s also a period when the incidence of driving under the influence tends to rise. MoneyGeek reported that New Year’s Day is the most dangerous holiday of the year with a 117% increase in drunk driving deaths.
The prevalence of driving under the influence requires taking steps to understand and avoid the problem to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
The prevalence of holiday DUIs
During the holiday season, especially on days like New Year’s Eve and Christmas, many people attend parties and gatherings where alcohol is readily available. This increased consumption is in direct correlation with the uptick in DUI incidents surrounding these dates.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in all states and the consequences of a DUI can be severe. Individuals may face fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education programs and imprisonment.
Beyond the legal ramifications, impaired driving greatly increases the risk of accidents, injuries and fatalities. It endangers not only the intoxicated driver but also passengers, pedestrians and other road users.
Preventing holiday DUIs
Preventing holiday DUIs is a collective responsibility. Here are some ways drivers can help to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season:
- Designate a sober driver when planning to consume alcohol during holiday gatherings.
- Consider using alternative transportation options like taxis, rideshare services or public transit.
- Be mindful of guests’ alcohol consumption at holiday parties, provide non-alcoholic beverage options and take keys from anyone who has had too much to drink.
The holiday season is a time to celebrate and cherish moments with loved ones. However, it is equally important to celebrate responsibly. It only takes one responsible decision to prevent an unfortunate incident during this special time of year.