Holiday Parties—The Risk for Rising DWIs

by Terry Bryant

‘Tis the season for holiday parties. Whether it be a happy hour after work or a family gathering, alcohol is a staple at most holiday gatherings. Increased alcohol consumption unfortunately means increased DWIs, as well.

Between 2001 and 2005, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported an average of 36 fatalities each day as a result of car crashes with a driver under the influence of alcohol. This number increased to an average of 45 fatalities per day during the Christmas season and an average of 54 fatalities per day during the New Year’s holiday.

Even scarier, the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reported that 40 percent of car crash fatalities during the holiday season involve a drunk driver. Law enforcement increases its presence on the roads during these high risk times, but you should also exercise extra caution when driving during the holiday season.

Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law wishes you safe holiday travels. Should you or anyone you know be involved in an auto accident, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.