Spring break is around the corner for Georgia residents which means there is a lot of discussion taking place regarding how you can stay safe if, and when, you decide to go out. Because spring break generally is a time when there are a significant number of drunk drivers out, everyone is encouraged to avoid consuming any amount of alcohol if you know you are going to have to drive. While you may already be aware of what you can do to help avoid driving drunk along with what can be done to reduce the chances of a drunk driving accident occurring, still, many drivers choose to get behind the wheel drunk despite their knowledge of how dangerous it might be.
So, rather than tell you to take an Uber or designate a sober driver to get you home so you can have a few drinks, we are sharing with you some shocking statistics that will hopefully help you realize exactly why you don’t want to drink and drive-ever.
- Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 28 percent of total vehicle traffic fatalities in 2016.
- Out of the 37,461 deaths from traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2016, 10,497 of those deaths were from drunk driving accidents.
- Over 18,000 people were arrested for driving under the influence in the state of Georgia alone in 2016.
- According to Time, the death tolls were 9.1% higher during spring break in popular destinations with a higher fatality incidence among drivers under 25 and those traveling from out-of-state. Some popular spring break destinations include Albany, Athens, Blairsville, Blue Ridge, Cartersville, Mountain City, and Stone Mountain [Source: Georgia’s Official Tourism Website].
[Source: The Spectator].
After a study was conducted that examined the relationship between spring break vacation and changes in alcohol consumption among college students, it was determined that “Students who vacationed with friends during spring break dramatically increased their alcohol use. In contrast, students who stayed home or vacationed with parents during spring break were at low risk for excessive alcohol use” [Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine].
So, whether you are taking a trip with friends or staying local for spring break, be mindful that while you are entitled to have a good time, there are many families who use spring break to vacation which means you could be sharing the roadway with many young children. Aside from that, you also don’t need to place your life in a compromising situation. The fact is, driving drunk puts you at risk of being arrested for DUI and dramatically increases your chances of engaging in a drunk driving accident. So, while we encourage you to enjoy your spring break, remember, driving while intoxicated simply isn’t worth it.
Now, if you happen to be the unfortunate victim of a drunk driving accident who is seeking legal advice from a knowledgeable drunk driving crash attorney in Roswell, GA, consider contacting the Don Turner Legal Team. Not only does this team of drunk driving accident lawyers place their client’s success and satisfaction first, but they will work to achieve a favorable outcome that will not only get you the compensation for the injuries you have suffered but also recognize a reckless person for their negligent behavior.
To contact the Don Turner Legal Team now to get an initial consultation scheduled, call 770-594-1777.