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Driving Risks and the Holidays

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As great as the holidays are – there’s an unavoidable fact about the period from Thanksgiving Eve (Blackout Wednesday) to New Year’s Day.

It’s one of the deadliest periods on our nation’s roads.


More drivers are driving under the influence.

On average, close to 650 people die or are injured in drunk driving car accidents per day during this season. Per day.

Did you know that daily alcohol traffic violations also rise by more than 30% during this time of the year?

And then there is the sheer volume of traffic and distracted drivers on the roads during the holiday season. Dangerous even without drugs or alcohol.

Tips to staying safe…

  • Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • If you will be celebrating with friends or family – appoint a reliable designated driver to get you home safely.
  • If a designated driver is unavailable, call a cab or grab an Uber for a ride home.
  • Don’t serve alcohol to house or party guests that are intoxicated. You’re personally liable for any harm your guests cause due to any negligence on your part here.
  • To resist all temptations - turn your cell phone off and put it out of reach when driving. Texting while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk. And it’s illegal. Remember – hands-free calling is prohibited by law for novice drivers. Only experienced drivers may use the technology. Novice drivers may not use cell phones for any reason while driving.
  • Many newer cars have LCD displays on the dashboard. While impressive to look at – they are also a potentially dangerous distraction.
  • College-aged adults returning home for the holidays are susceptible to binge drinking and driving episodes. Talk to your kids. Encourage only safe behavior – including designated drivers, using Uber, and more. Offer to drive if there is no other safe option.
  • Be smart. Teach by example. Your kids will mimic your behaviors. Teach them to follow all traffic laws and to drive defensively at all times.
  • Pay close attention to weather forecasts during this time of year – and plan your trips accordingly. And if you have to drive, make sure your car is safe to drive in winter conditions.

All of us at RisCassi & Davis wish you a very safe, happy, and healthy holiday and New Year. Drive Safe!!

If you’re ever injured in a car accident, know that the Connecticut car accident lawyers at RisCassi & Davis have assisted drivers injured in accidents for over 65 years. And we have received meaningful state and national recognition for our work in this area. If you are ever in a car accident of any kind and would like a free consultation with one of our Connecticut car accident lawyers, please contact us. There is no obligation.
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