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L.A. Traffic Safety: Halting Drunk Drivers through Holiday Season

December 31, 1969

With the holiday season upon us, there are plenty of reasons to get together with friends and family members and toast the good life. Unfortunately, anytime there's a celebration, the danger of a drunk driving accident are a definite possibility. We're asking all party goers and all party hosts to celebrate responsibly this year. Whether you're knocking back the eggnog or you're throwing a holiday bash, our Costa Mesa injury attorneys are asking you to be prepared and to take the proper safety precautions.
Here's another warning: Officers throughout the state will be hitting our roadways hard through the end of the year in search of intoxicated drivers. According to the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), officials will be pushing their holiday DUI prevention campaign. Throughout the rest of December, officials with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will be on the hunt. Typically, we see a severe increase in the number of drunk driving car accidents through the holiday season. November and December are two of the worst out of the entire year.

Tips to Prevent a Holiday Drunk Driving Car Accident:

-Arrange a safe and sober ride to get home before you even head out for the night.

-If you don't have a designated driver, you can always use public transportation. Check the transit schedule before heading out.

-Remember that someone doesn't have to show physical signs of intoxication to be drunk. Every drop of alcohol hinders a person's ability to safely navigate our roadways.

-If you see someone who has been drinking attempting to get behind the wheel you're urged to intervene. Speaking up and stepping in can help to save lives.

-If you think you see a drunk driver out on our roadways, you're urged to report them. You should call 9-1-1 to help to get them off of our roadways and to keep them from causing a potentially fatal car accident.

"During the excitement and festivities of this season, it is crucial to have a designated driver to maintain safety on our roadways," said Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa.

In 2010, there were close to 1,800 people who were killed in car accidents involving drugs or alcohol in the state of California. In addition, there were more than 24,340 accidents involving alcohol. Officers were able to make close to 200,000 DUI arrests throughout the year, but the chaos continues.

We're focusing on the men here, as they accounted for close to 78 percent of all DUI arrests made in 2010. Let's all do our part to make sure that everyone is sober behind the wheel and those who chose to drink have a safe way to get home or a safe place to stay for the night to sleep it off. The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time, not a time for heartbreak, tragedy and car accidents. Be safe out there and Happy Holidays!

If you or a family member has been injured in a drunk driving car accident, contact injury lawyer Vincent Howard for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925 today.

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