The holidays are upon us. Whether that fills you with glee, dread, or indifference,
it doesn't change the fact that the number of drunk driving accidents
go up this time of year. Starting on the day before Thanksgiving and ending
on New Year's Day, the holiday season sees more drunk drivers than
the rest of the year. People are always finding excuses to drink during
the holidays. Unfortunately, they're also finding excuses to get behind
The more a person drinks, the higher their blood alcohol concentration.
This is different for each person. How many drinks a person can have while
being under the legal limit of 0.08 is hard to calculate, considering
that each drink has a different amount of alcohol in it and that factors
such as weight and gender affect how a person metabolizes alcohol. The
safest choice is to not drive at all, even if you've had just one.
But the more a person's judgment is impaired, the more likely that
person is to rationalize and think they're fine to drive.
Take Thanksgiving: The day before the big feast is arguably one of the
deadliest days of the year. Recently dubbed “Blackout Wednesday”
or “Drinksgiving,” this day/night is often filled with heavy
drinking as it officially kicks off the holiday season. Fueled by college
students returning home and workers who haven’t had a day off since
Labor Day, Blackout Wednesday is the beginning of
a five-day period that has seen more than 400 fatalities attributed to alcohol-related road accidents.
Take Christmas: While Christmas Day doesn't generally see any statistically
significant increase in DUI traffic incidents, Christmas Eve is another
story. One sobering statistic shows a 33% increase in the number of DUI-related
traffic stops on Christmas Eve, likely attributed to friends and/or co-workers
overdoing it at their holiday parties. New Year's Eve stats show that
approximately 42% of all accidents are due to driving while under the
influence. The estimated total number of deaths caused by alcohol during
the 2015 holiday season was 1,200.
Dating back to the mid-1900s, “tie one on” has been a slang
term for getting drunk. In 1986, MADD decided to turn the phrase to its
advantage as a reminder that drinking and driving are not a good pair.
Using the literal tying of a red ribbon as a reminder that the two things
don't mix, ribbons should be made visible anywhere party-goers will be.
In one of their most recognizable and longest-running campaigns,
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is proudly celebrating 2016 as the
30th anniversary of its “Tie One On For Safety” program. Participants display a MADD red ribbon in an obvious location to remind
people to pick a designated driver. MADD further advises that a non-drinking
driver should be chosen before the party starts, to counteract the inevitable
alteration in judgment later on. The group also asks people to host parties
that don't offer alcohol – or at least offer plenty of non-alcoholic
alternatives. Since social media is a grand stage for any message, MADD
encourages people who plan on drinking their way through the season to
use it to reach out and ask for a ride, or reach out and offer to drive
anyone who will be needing a designated driver.
Here at Stabinski & Funt, P.A., we wish everyone a safe and enchanting
holiday season. While we hope that the celebrations take place without
incident, we are here if you need us. We have helped many people sort
out their legal rights, responsibilities, and remedies. We strive to maintain
client satisfaction and a track record of success in every case we handle.
If you wish to learn more about how our firm can be of assistance to you,
or you want to learn more about Christmas DWI accidents, we encourage
you to contact us by calling 305-964-8644 or filling out
a free case evaluation form.