The winter holidays are in full swing! Hanukkah ended two days ago. Christmas comes on Monday and Kwanzaa starts on Tuesday. But even if you celebrate nothing in December, chances are you’ll find yourself at one or two parties this month. GCE hopes your holidays are merry and bright! Eat those sweets! Drink the good champagne! But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive.
What risk do I pose when I drink and drive?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that drunk drivers kill nearly 29 Americans each day! NHTSA also reports that two out of three people will be in a drunk driving crash during their life.
Alcohol affects your body. It reduces your reaction times and decreases your coordination, inhibitions, decision-making skills, etc.
You know all this!
Yet, according to BACtrack, “during the Christmas and New Year period, the average number of fatalities involving an alcohol-impaired driver rose 34%.”
For the love of all things happy, people, don’t drink and drive!
Drunk driving is a crime
Every state writes its own DUI laws. Punishment varies from state to state as well. But make no mistake, if you’re caught driving under the influence, you will be punished.
Many states require jail time with a DUI conviction. Fines, a suspended license, and/or ignition interlock devices are also common punishments for DUI convictions.
I’m going to share a secret with y’all, too. The police know you’re drinking and driving. That’s why you see more flashing lights on the side of the road when you’re driving to Grandma’s house for Christmas. There are more cars on the road and more police watching the road.
It’s simple math. Drunk driving + more police = higher chance of getting caught. Getting caught is the best case scenario too. You could hurt or kill someone (or yourself) in the worst case scenario.
Do you really want to start 2018 with pending criminal charges?
Yeah, I didn’t think so.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Happy holidays from our family to yours! GCE wants you to eat, drink, and be merry! But, whatever you do, don’t drink and drive.