Dangers of Drunk Driving During Holiday Season

The holidays are a great time to get together with friends and family to celebrate. While the holiday season is known for being merry and bright, it’s also known for being the deadliest season when it comes to drunk driving.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has teamed up with local law enforcement nationwide for the 2021 Holiday Season Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility enforcement campaign. The campaign works to spread the word about the dangers of drunk driving and to remind all drivers: if you plan to drink alcohol, plan ahead for a sober ride home.

NHTSA shares some sobering statistics about drunk driving:

  • Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers. In 2019, there were 10,142 people killed in drunk-driving crashes.
  • In 2019, one person was killed every 52 minutes in a drunk-driving crash.
  • Of the traffic fatalities in 2019 among children 14 and younger, 19% occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.
  • Nighttime is a particularly dangerous time to be on the roads: The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2019 was 3.3 times higher at night than during the day.

When it comes to accident reconstruction and investigation, our engineers consider all factors including human factors like impaired driving. Add the dangers of driving at night to an impaired driver, and there are deadly consequences. Contact us to review your next case or submit a case request online.