Live in West Covina, Pasadena, Long Beach or Los Angeles? It’s Time to Drive Extra Carefully.
As we gear up for the month ahead, the flipside of the holidays is perhaps best epitomized by the term “Blackout Wednesday.” Instead of a day invented by marketing gurus to kick off the holiday spending season, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving derives its moniker from the scary fact that it is the biggest drinking night of the year.
And it doesn’t end there.
It’s a troubling reality that there is a substantial rise in binge drinking and DUIs among those who otherwise would abstain from driving under the influence the rest of the year. The day before Thanksgiving kicks off a statistical rise throughout December in vehicular accidents related to drugs and drinking. For young adults, and partygoers out after dark, the risk gets even higher.
Consider the facts, courtesy of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
A. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, 1,200 Americans will be killed in fatal car accidents. More than twice the number of people will die in alcohol related crashes than occur the rest of the year.
B. 25,0000 people will be injured in an alcohol or drug related traffic accident.
C. More than 50% of drivers who admit to driving drunk indicate they consume more during the holidays than the rest of the year.
D. More than 40% of the traffic-related fatalities during the holiday season are related to drunk drivers.
These heightened dangers continue through New Year’s Eve. Along with more folks navigating unfamiliar roads, driving late at night or after having consumed alcohol, the sheer fact remains that when traffic volume goes up, car crash numbers generally go up too. For all these reasons, it’s extremely important to take extra care in the coming month anytime you hit the road. Take a moment to talk to the adolescent drivers in your household, and remind elderly relatives too. Doubling up on safety, in intersections, on the freeway, and just along your regular routes may save your life, and those of others. And of course, never drink and drive.
Planning a long car trip over the holidays? The Red Cross has compiled a helpful list to follow, now and throghout the year. Check out the tips below:
- Make sure your vehicle is in good working order.
- Start out with a full tank of gas, check the tire air pressure and make sure the windshield fluid is full.
- Buckle up, slow down, don’t drive impaired. Designate a driver who won’t drink.
- Be well rested and stay alert.
- Use caution in work zones.
- Avoid distractions such as cell phones
- Observe speed limits.
- Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers.
- Be respectful of motorists and follow the rules of the road.
- Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
- Clean the vehicle’s headlights, taillights, signal lights, and windows.
- Turn your headlights on as disk approaches.
- Don’t overdrive your headlights.
- If car trouble develops, pull off the road as far as possible.
Have you or someone you love been in a serious car accident? Call Darren Manibog today to schedule a FREE consultation to discuss your case. (626)357-3535.
Wishing you abundance, hope, peace and a festive holiday season. Happy Holidays, from all of us at Manibog Law!