A drunk driving car accident can quickly change your life. To keep everyone safe, commit to driving sober this holiday season. In the event that you are involved in a crash caused by an impaired driver, do not wait to contact a Florence lawyer who handles drunk driving accidents.
Drinking and driving is a dangerous activity. Unfortunately, in South Carolina, the rates of drinking and driving are some of the highest in the nation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 3,870 people killed in drunk driving crashes in South Carolina during a recent 10-year period, and 1.6 percent of drivers in South Carolina have admitted to driving after drinking too much at least once in the previous 30 days.
During the holidays, many people are even more tempted to drink and drive than they are during other days of the year. According to an article published in USA Today, a recent five-year study of the New Year’s holiday period, indicated approximately 42 percent of traffic fatalities resulted from drinking and driving..
The Tragic Consequences of Drinking and Driving
The consequences of drinking and driving can be tragic for everyone involved. At Jebaily Law Firm, our attorneys have seen the outcome of drinking and driving on both sides as we have represented both those injured by drunk drivers and those charged with drunk driving.
Drinking and driving can result in horrific injuries and the loss of life for victims. For those who commit the crime, severe criminal penalties are often incurred, including prison time and fines. A drunk driver may also be held liable for the injuries that he or she causes.
Choosing to Drive Sober this Holiday Season
When you choose to drink and drive, there are countless things that can go wrong. Not only can you cause someone else to suffer serious injuries, but you can also ruin your own life. A drunk driving conviction on your permanent record is not something that you want to deal with in life. Please see our South Carolina DUI FAQs to learn more information.
The best thing that you can do for yourself, your family, and for others on the road this holiday season is to commit to driving sober. If you will be attending holiday parties, make a commitment right now to never get behind the wheel of your car after you have consumed alcohol.
Instead, please take steps such as:
- Planning ahead and using a sober designated driver.
- Calling for a taxi or using public transportation.
- Asking a trusted friend or family member to pick you up and take you home.
Keep in mind: Walking home after you have been drinking is not a safe alternative to driving home while impaired. Many pedestrian accidents occur each year in South Carolina due to alcohol use.
If you are hosting a holiday party, you should avoid serving alcohol and keep tabs on those who bring alcohol to the party, making sure they have a safe ride home.