‘Tis the season to enjoy the holidays with family and friends, exchange gifts, and ring in the new yar. Unfortunately, it is also the time when more people enjoy drinks in celebration and take to the roadways.
We all hear the slogans: “Don’t drink and drive,” “Drive hammered, get nailed,” “Buzzed driving is drunk driving,” and many more. Every year, particularly during the holiday season, there are public awareness campaigns to try to convince people not to drink and drive, yet we continue to see significant numbers of accidents and death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over the last 5 years there has been an average of 300 deaths a year because of drunk driving. There were 781 people killed by drunk drivers in December 2016 alone. Nevertheless, even with these shocking numbers, people continue to make the fatal error of having a few drinks and getting behind the wheel.
The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reported, 5,119 people were arrested for DUI violations in December 2017. The average blood alcohol level was .145, almost twice the legal limit. People continue to drive after drinking knowing full well it is not only against the law but is dangerous to everyone.
A lot of the problem is people failing to be honest with themselves thinking they have not had enough to put them over the legal limit. The truth is one drink too many to drive.
This is the season of giving and I would like to give each of you a gift of advice. If you plan to go celebrate this holiday season, be honest with yourself on whether you will have alcohol and plan accordingly. Think ahead about how you will get home. Use a designated driver, call a cab or car service. If you do find yourself having had a drink or two and do not have a plan, do everyone a favor and do not get behind the wheel. One drink is one too many.