Holidays are times when people may have gatherings and throw parties. These sometimes include alcoholic beverages, which can pose a problem for those who have to drive. While having a designated driver or a way to get home if you’re drinking is always advisable, many people don’t take heed of this.
Drunk driving during holidays isn’t limited only to the winter holidays. Instead, holidays all year long are associated with drunk driving.
What holidays are associated with drunk driving?
Every major holiday in the United States sees an uptick in the number of drunk driving crashes, some of which are fatal. Around 40% of fatal holiday crashes are related to alcohol consumption. This shows the importance of remaining sober when you’re driving.
Some of the holidays that you need to use extra care include:
- Memorial Day
- Labor Day
- New Year’s Eve
- Fourth of July
The danger might be even higher when these holidays occur on a weekend or have a long weekend associated with them. It’s always best to watch for signs of an impaired driver so you can avoid that vehicle if possible.
What are the signs of an impaired driver?
Impaired drivers can’t handle driving duties appropriately. Some of the more common signs that a driver is impaired include:
- Straddling the center line
- Almost hitting objects
- Stopping abruptly and without cause
- Failing to use a turn signal
- Making illegal turns
Because drunk drivers are so dangerous, you shouldn’t ever try to stop them on your own. Instead, make a note of the vehicle information so you can contact the authorities. Having a passenger do this for you might be beneficial.
Anyone who’s injured in a drunk driving crash should ensure they get medical care because the injuries can be severe. After you get the medical care you need, you may realize that you want to seek compensation for the financial damages related to the crash. Your time is limited by Texas law, so be sure you get started quickly.