Holiday Drunk Driving Accidents
The holidays are a favorite time of year for many people. Almost everywhere you go, the atmosphere is filled with holiday-themed songs, festive decorations, and a general air of good cheer. There is good food to eat, holiday-themed drinks, and always someone it seems who is willing to stop and do a little celebrating with you. While it is natural to enjoy the fun and merriment the season brings, you need to be cautious when it comes to overindulging in the ‘holiday spirit’. Alcohol is a featured attraction at many holiday parties, and drunk driving accidents become unfortunately common at this time of year. This holiday season, be aware of the dangers drunk drivers pose and follow our tips to help spot a drunk driver to avoid accidents and injuries.
Drunk Driving Accidents Common Over the Holidays
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more drunk drivers on the roads during the holidays than at any other time of the year. Drunk driving accidents spike throughout the month December, and continue on into the New Year. Research conducted by the NHTSA indicates that while normally there are over 30 car accident fatalities a day caused by drunk driving, that number jumps to over 40 during the Christmas holiday, and over 50 for New Years. In South Carolina, the NHTSA estimates that 44 percent of South Carolina’s traffic fatalities are directly related to drunk driving, which is more than 10 percentage points higher than the national average. South Carolina law enforcement will be out in full force this holiday season on the lookout for drunk drivers, and they advise the public to refrain from drinking and driving and to encourage others to do the same.
Protecting Yourself Against Drunk Drivers
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety operates its Sober or Slammer campaign year round, and made over 27,000 DUI arrests in the last year alone. They advise the general public to be on the lookout for drunk drivers over the holiday season, and offer these tips on how to spot a drunk driver:
- Watch for drivers making unusually wide turns and straddling the centerline
- Drunk drivers often drive with their head partially out their window, or have their car windows rolled all the way down, even in cold weather
- A drunk driver may either drive very fast, or they may drive exceedingly slow, coming to complete stops for no apparent reason
- If you see driver swerving back and forth, or crossing into opposing lanes of traffic, there is a good chance that they are impaired
If you see a drunk driver, stay out of their way, and at the first available opportunity, pull over and dial 911 or ‘HP’ to reach the SC State Highway Patrol.
Contact Our Office for Assistance
If you or someone you love is injured in an accident with a drunk driver, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced car accident attorneys represent victims of drunk drivers throughout our state, and can help you to hold responsible parties accountable for their actions. With offices in Charleston and throughout South Carolina, we can help you get the compensation for your injuries you deserve. Call Akim Anastopoulo today for a free review of your case.