St. Louis Traffic Accidents – Don’t Drink and Drive this Holiday Season

St. Louis Traffic Accidents – Don’t Drink and Drive this Holiday Season

That’s why officials with the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety remind you who are planning on consuming alcohol during these holiday celebrations, designate a safe and sober driver to help get you home. You can also call a cab. But whatever you do, officials remind you to avoid driving while impaired.

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During this time, officials across the state will be on our roadways in search of impaired drivers through January 2nd, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

Our St. Louis accident lawyers understand that there are no excuses for impaired driving — and you need to remember that, too. Driving and driving can be a deadly combination. If you’re lucky enough to make it through without an accident, you still face the risks of some serious fines or even jail time. During the Christmas holiday of 2012, more than 45 people were seriously injured in local crashes involving alcohol. Three of the eight people who were killed in motor-vehicle accidents during this time were involved in an accident with an impaired driver.

“We want everyone to enjoy a safe and happy holiday season,” says Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety’s Leanna Depue. “So we are making a special effort to reach motorists with reminders to plan ahead with ads online and at locations where alcohol is served or sold.”

Through the entire month, safety reminders will be placed in bars and restaurants to remind patrons of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol will also be advertising their “Going Out Tonight? So Are We.” campaign.

Drunk Driving Safety Tips, from MoDOT:

-When heading out for a night of celebration, choose a driver who agrees not to drink. A sober driver is the safest driver. Remember, a designated driver is someone who drinks NO alcohol at all, not the person who has consumed the fewest drinks at the end of the night.

-Stop drinking to allow yourself to sober up. Rule of thumb says that it takes about an hour to eliminate one drunk from your system. If you plan on driving, make sure you allow the same number of hours for the number of drinks you’ve had before driving.

-Consider using alternate forms of transportation. You can always call a friend or a family member to come get you. There is always public transportation, too.

-If you’re still left without a safe and sober way to get home, just stay where you are. If you are able to stay the night at a friend or family member’s home, you can avoid the serious, and even fatal, consequences of drunk driving.

We want to wish you and your family a happy holiday season and we want you to make sure you and your friends always have a sober driver. Let’s ring in the New Year safely and responsibly.

More Blog Entries:

St. Louis Traffic Accidents — 5 Ways to Help Teen Drivers, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, November 1, 2013

St. Louis Ranks on the “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report”, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, September 18, 2013

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