Preventing DUIs This Holiday Season
Thanksgiving begins the biggest holiday season of the year. But while there is much to celebrate, celebrating too much with alcohol can prove deadly. The periods surrounding Christmas and New Year’s are two of the worst periods of the year for drunk driving fatalities.
In December 2017, there were 885 fatalities from crashes due to drunk drivers. During that entire year, 10,874 people were killed in drunk driving accidents. That is the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing without any survivors. Also in 2017, one person was killed by a drunk driver every 48 minutes. In Louisiana alone, from 2003-2012 there were 3,046 people killed in crashes involving drunk drivers. While 1.9 percent of American adults report driving after drinking too much, 2.5 percent of adults in Louisiana report the same.
There is also a financial cost to drunk driving. Based on the most recent year of available data (2010), impaired-driving crashes cost the U.S. $44 billion each year, not to mention the attorney’s fees, court costs, fines, increased insurance premiums, car towing, and lost wages or even a job loss from losing your license. The average DUI costs $10,000 and you may face jail time.
One of the most important things to remember to avoid a DUI is to make a plan ahead of time. If you will be drinking consider taking a taxi, use a ride share service, or have a designated driver. If a friend or family member is about to drive after they’ve been drinking, take away their keys and arrange for them to find a safe way home.
In an effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers, several strategies have been implemented. Such strategies include:
- Drunk driving laws
- Sobriety checkpoints
- Mass media campaigns
- Ignition interlocks
- Comprehensive interventions
- License suspension and revocation
- School-based programs
- Alcohol screening
These efforts have already made a significant impact, decreasing the rates of drunk driving related fatalities in recent years. Unfortunately, drunk driving continues to be an issue.
Consult with a Qualified Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident due to the negligence or recklessness of another person, you should not have to pay the price. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Attorney.
At Gauthier Amedee, our team of qualified attorneys understands the importance of each individual case and will fight hard to protect your rights. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us at 225-647-1700.
Don’t delay. Get the help you need today with Gauthier Amedee.December 5th, 2019