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Happy holidays, and drive safe

The holidays are upon us here in Michigan, and while this is meant to be a time of celebration for many, it is important for everyone to celebrate responsibly.

The unfortunate truth is that car accidents, especially drunk driving accidents, often spike this time of year. In fact, it has been estimated that in the month of December, 25 people are killed each day nationwide in drunk driving accidents, according to 2010 data from the National Highway Safety Administration.

In order to keep holiday events from ending in tragedy, the NHTSA has spent time this season reminding people that "buzzed driving is drunk driving." This means that just one too many drinks can greatly increase the risks of getting in a car accident, so if you are planning on drinking at all, protect your safety and that of others by planning not to drive.

Here are some tips to avoid drunk driving accidents not only this week, but always:

  • Designate a sober driver before the party or event begins. Or, plan to use public transportation such as a taxi or bus and have the phone number or schedule on hand.
  • If you skipped the step above and find yourself in a condition that you shouldn't be driving in, do not get behind the wheel. Call a sober friend or family member, take a taxi or use public transportation.
  • If someone at your party or event is drunk and is planning on driving, do not let him or her get behind the wheel. If you cannot safely stop him or her, call police immediately. Additionally, if you notice an impaired driver out on the roads, call law enforcement.

These three steps can prevent car accident injuries and deaths and it is very important that each one of us does our part.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "2012 Holiday Fact Sheet," December 2012

  • Our Ann Arbor personal injury law firm helps victims of drunk driving car accidents obtain compensation for related expenses and costs.

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