The holiday season is a time for celebrations and get-togethers, and many
of them involving alcohol. Because of this, holidays tend to see higher
rates of alcohol-related traffic accidents, injuries, and deaths than
other days of the years. In Texas, crash data from the Texas Department
of Transportation (TxDOT) show that the state sees a marked increase in
alcohol-involved car accidents during the holiday season.
From Thanksgiving through New Year's Day 2013, there were:
- 2,387 auto accidents involving alcohol
- 763 serious injuries
- 92 deaths
These alarming statistics have motivated many safety officials to speak
out about the dangers of drunk and impaired driving. TxDOT officials,
for example, released a statement earlier this month urging residents
throughout the state to celebrate safely during the holiday season. They
are reminding motorists drink responsibly before driving or to plan for
a sober ride before drinking.
In addition to stressing the dangers of impaired driving during the holiday
season, TxDOT officials also announced their Sober Ride Sleigh program.
The sleigh - a limo wrapped to resemble a holiday present - will visit
over a dozen Texas cities to educate local residents about sober driving.
Other efforts to raise awareness will include projects from the Texas
Hospitality Association and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and local
cities' promotion of public transportation.
The TxDOT statement also served to warn motorists that law enforcement
agencies will be on high alert for impaired motorists. Officers from multiple
agencies will be cracking down by increasing DWI / DUI patrols and by
conducting sobriety checkpoints at various locations and times that see
the most alcohol-involved incidents. Many jurisdictions will also implement
no-refusal breath test campaigns.
Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs has helped many victims
and families injured in
car accidents, including those caused by impaired drivers. Although their cases were
all unique, they were also all
preventable. We want to remind everyone about keeping our roadways safe this holiday
season by driving sober or catching a ride. We also offer our services
and support to any victim or family who wishes to learn more about their
rights after being injured in an auto accident.
To request a free, personalized case review,
contact our firm today.