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A Holiday Horror

Wed, Jan 04, 2012 at 3:58PM

    It is horrible when it happens at any time, but a fatal crash caused by a driver impaired by alcohol is especially bad during the holidays. Yet it is during the holidays when more impaired drivers are on the road with the many celebrations for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

     In announcing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest effort to reduce traffic fatalities caused by drunk drivers – “drive sober, or get pulled over” – U.S. Treasury Secretary Ray LaHood had some good news. State-by-state data released in early December 2011 showed a decline in drunk-driving fatalities in 32 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in 2010 compared to 2009.CaliforniaandFloridahad the biggest declines, each dropping by more than 100 fatalities.

     Still there 10,288 people killed in drunk-driving crashes in the U.S. in 2010 with 415 occurring in the second half of December alone.

     A Daytona Beach auto accident attorney realizes that sometimes you just don’t think about how much you’ve had to drink before getting behind the wheel of your car.  During the holidays and throughout the year, always think about how much you’ve had to drink before you drive.  If in doubt, it is probably a good idea to take a taxi! 

     There are programs through theAAAAuto Club and other agencies that will give you a ride home if you need one. Always plan ahead so that you can celebrate life sensibly.

     Remember, if you’ve been injured in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver, or any accident, talk to a Daytona Beach auto accident attorney at Florida-based Seitz & Tresher about your rights.

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