For many people in Schenectady and across the country, the holiday season can include parties and celebrations on the town. Drinking is part of the tradition, especially on New Year’s Eve. While this should be a happy time of year for you and your loved ones, it can also turn tragic. At Bendall & Mednick, we understand that the holiday season is one of the deadliest times of the year when it comes to drunk driving.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, thousands of people in the United States are killed in drunk driving accidents every year, and tens of thousands are injured. About two out of three people will find themselves in a drunk driving collision at some point in their lives. In attempts to raise awareness and save lives, MADD organizes an annual campaign during the holiday season called Tie One On For Safety. If you wish to participate in the program, you can put a red ribbon, sticker or magnet on your car where others can easily see it.
It takes more than just a pretty ribbon to make a difference when it comes to drunk driving, however. Your most important role is to pledge not to get behind the wheel of a car after having too much to drink. Instead, you might designate a sober driver, call a taxi or have a friend pick you up. Since drunk driving is prevalent among teenagers, you should also discuss your rules and expectations regarding alcohol with the teen drivers in your house. When young people understand the risks, as well as safe alternatives, they may be less likely to make a decision that can cost them their lives.
You may learn more about auto collisions resulting in injury by visiting our motor vehicle accident page.