‘Tis the season for good cheer—and that can include an extra toast or three, special mixed drinks, or one too many glasses of eggnog.
That can all add up to a DUI: dangerous driving, traffic accidents, and liability issues.
National General Insurance recently shared some sobering facts about impaired driving during the holidays:
- 733 people died in accidents involving a drunk driver in December 2013
- An average of 572 lives were lost over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend every year from 1998 to 2008
- There are typically 33% more DUI arrests during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day
- Around 25,000 people are injured every year in accidents with drunk drivers during the holidays
- If you are hosting a party where alcohol is being served, you can be held financially responsible for any damage caused by any impaired guests after they leave your event
- The average cost of a DUI is $10,000
Fortunately, a few simple steps can help everyone to enjoy the holidays and stay safe. National General recommends the following:
- Take the keys from everyone when they get their first drink
- Choose one person in the group to be the designated driver, who will not consume any alcohol
- Bring cash for a cab (or take a cab to the event)
- Get a ride from Uber or Lyft
- Call a sober friend or family member
- Stick with a “one drink per hour” rule if simultaneously eating food
Insurance Partners would like to remind you that the the best way to avoid an accident is to not drink any alcohol if you plan on driving home. Stay safe this holiday season, and all year round.