DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENTS INCREASE DURING THE HOLIDAYS

The holidays mean lots of parties and social occasions where drinking is likely to occur. Many people then choose to get behind the wheel of their vehicle. Therefore, it only follows that the holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for Tennessee drivers to be on the road. According to USA Today, between 2007 and 2011, 35 percent of accidents on Christmas were the result of drinking and driving.

Further, while some people may think that December 31st is the day of the year with the most drunk driving accidents, it is actually January 1st, according to the New York Times. Half of the fatal crashes that occur on New Year's Day involve a driver with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit. Additionally, the people driving home from New Year's celebrations in the wee hours of the morning are, in fact, the most at risk for being involved in a drunk driving accident. This makes sense due to the fact that everyone has been consuming alcohol at these parties.

While police may set up checkpoints and conduct field sobriety tests to keep citizens safe, there are some simple things that people can do to protect themselves and others from drunk drivers. The best way is to avoid being on the road at all. For many, however, that simply isn't feasible. Therefore, a designated driver should be utilized whenever possible. Using a taxi or car service is also a good alternative. Lastly, wearing a seat belt is the number one way for drivers and passengers to protect themselves in case of an accident with a drunk driver.

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