Andy Williams echoes the feelings of many as he croons, “It’s
the most wonderful time of the year.” And while there are indeed
marshmallows for toasting, it’s the “parties for hosting”
that you have to be careful of. Many holiday get-togethers involve alcoholic
beverages. Students from the University of Miami, Florida International
University and other higher ed institutions celebrating the end of the
semester. Office parties. Friends who don’t see each other often
enough meeting in the Wynwood area to reconnect. Families enjoying each
other’s company (or maybe not so much). The occasion is often special
enough that some people who don’t imbibe all year make an exception
to have “one or two.” Whether or not you fall into one of
these categories, they could describe the person driving the car on the
Palmetto Expressway that’s heading right toward you.
It’s the getting behind the wheel part of drinking that makes it
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly one-third of all vehicle accident fatalities last December involved
a drunk driver. More than half of 2015’s alcohol-impaired driving
fatalities took place in just ten states, one of which was Florida. While
we all think (or hope) that it won’t happen to us, chances are high
that most of us will be either directly or indirectly affected by DUI
crash at some point in our lives.
Last December 30, a Cooper City man was like so many of us at the holidays, picking up
family from Miami International Airport for a visit. On the way home with
his mother, sister, and brother-in-law in the car, they were hit head-on
near Miami Gardens Drive on I-95. The operator of the other vehicle had
driven a dozen miles in the wrong direction before the crash, which resulted
in her death as well as that of all four people in the other car and injuries
to people in two additional cars. Toxicology reports later revealed that
the wrong-way driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.189
percent, which is over twice the legal limit.
This holiday season when you are behind the wheel, always wear your seatbelt,
put your phone away, obey speed limits, and drive sober. If you do choose to drink:
- Get a designated driver.
- Call a friend.
- Call a taxi or rideshare.
- Use public transportation.
Call AAA – the Florida affiliate offers
Tipsy Tow/Tow 2 Go from December 23 to January 2. Call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO
- Stay where you are.
Across the country, the legal limit for drunk driving is a BAC of 0.08,
but impairment of visual functions, judgment, alertness, reasoning, and
motor skills begins long before that level is attained. Even buzzed driving
is drunk driving, and having “just a few” means you aren’t
sober. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is simply never worth the risk.
Everyone at Stabinski & Funt, P.A. wishes our community and Floridians
everywhere a safe and peaceful end to the year. While we hope that the
holiday season passes 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
New Year’s Eve car accidents, we encourage you to contact us by
calling 305-643-3100 or
filling out a free case evaluation form.