Drunk driving accident numbers tend to swell around holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and statistics from the National Safety Council show 42 percent of traffic fatalities around New Year’ Eve are caused by intoxicated motorists. Furthermore, 35 percent of deaths resulting from car accidents on Christmas are the result of drunk driving.
To help reduce Tennessee drunk driving accident totals, the month of December has been named as Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Month. As part of the campaign, law enforcement across Tennessee will be working to educate the public about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, as well as taking inebriated motorists off the road.
Reports from WGNS News Radio state that the Governor’s Highway Safety Office recently announced it’s partnership with local law enforcement offices in their goal to have zero fatalities due to traffic accidents in the last few weeks of this year. Officials urged citizens to celebrate responsibly by never getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming anything that could impair your judgment. Instead, establish a designated driver or utilize a taxi to get home safely.
At Ponce Law, our team of Goodlettsville car accident attorneys has seen the devastating results that drinking and driving can have. That’s why we urge you to heed the advice being given by state officials not to drink and drive. Doing so will help to ensure you and your family have a safe and happy holiday!