Holiday Season Lookout: Beware of Drunk Drivers


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Beware of Drunk Drivers

We all look forward to the autumn and winter holidays, such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. This past month, Labor Day marked the end of summer the start of school for the kids. However, besides being a great time for families and friends to get together, holidays such as Labor Day and Thanksgiving are also associated with a spike in alcohol-related car accidents. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) implements a Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that increases enforcement against drunk driving nationwide. Their message is that drunk driving is against the law and puts lives at risk, so drive sober or face serious consequences.

Increased Law Enforcement Presence

All across the nation, 10,000 law enforcement agencies, including Richmond’s, will be enhancing their efforts to curtail dangerous driving throughout the holidays. These enhanced patrols will show zero tolerance for anyone driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or above. Such drivers simply should not be on the road.

Why Holidays?

During the holidays, many people get in the spirit and celebrate with friends and family. This means, of course, that there are also more people crowding the roads and interstates. Further, nothing says “hurrah like cracking open a cold one or mixing up a big batch of cocktails. Together, these factors add up to more traffic and more impaired drivers.

Plan Ahead

If you’re traveling this holiday season, take the time to make safety plans. While there is never a valid excuse for driving under the influence of alcohol, statistics show that it continues to be a real danger. Avoid taking unnecessary risks by implementing several important safety guidelines during each holiday:

  • Avoid driving during peak accident hours of 6 pm to 6 am if possible
  • Always buckle up and ensure all passengers in your vehicle are using safety belts
  • Have a plan, which includes carefully planning your travel schedule and route and designating a driver or staying put for the night if you will be drinking
  • Have fun with your family and friends season, but stay safe out there!

If You’ve Been Injured by a Drunk Driver, Speak with a Richmond Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you’ve been injured by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol, seek immediate medical treatment and then consult with an experienced Richmond car accident attorney. The legal team at Emroch & Kilduff has the experience, skill, and dedication to help you through this especially trying time. We will analyze your case, explain your legal rights and options, and guide you through the legal process toward your case’s most positive outcome. We’re here to help, so contact or call us at 804-358-1568 for an initial consultation.