New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, a day when millions of Americans celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next. Unfortunately, it’s also a day when people are more likely to drink and drive. According to one source, Americans are 129% more likely to get a DUI on New Year’s Eve than on any other day.
And there’s a reason why so many DUIs occur on New Year’s Eve. People are celebrating and not taking the right precautions to ensure they don’t have to get behind the wheel of a car. While law enforcement officers apprehend many drunk drivers on New Year’s Eve, thousands are not apprehended. Accidents, injuries, and even deaths result. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is the worst 24-hour period in the year for drunk-diving deaths.
Sadly, drunk driving fatalities spike 116% on New Year’s Eve, with most years recording about 350-400 fatal DUI crashes on this day. Further, of the total number of fatal car accidents on New Year’s, 58% are caused by drunk driving, making intoxicated drivers more of a threat than all other driving-related dangers combined.
The most important safety tip for any New Year’s Eve celebration is to avoid drinking and driving. Americans must commit to not being a part of the problem. Beyond that, here are some safety tips everyone should observe to ensure they have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve:
As the leading injury law practice in Ohio, the partners and staff at NRS Injury Law have seen too many wrongful injury and death cases caused by drunk driving not to feel quite passionate about this issue. We hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday celebration, but if you or a loved one is involved in a wrongful accident, contact NRS Injury Law today at 855.468.4878, or fill out our contact form.
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