Most people are excited for the holiday season to commence. The decorating, shopping, gift wrapping and other festivities seem to get people in the holiday spirit. What most people don’t plan for is the heightened risk of driving close to the holidays.

The days surrounding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years have the highest number of motor vehicle accident fatalities than any other day of the year. Not only is there an increased amount of traffic on the roads around the holidays, there is a high number of drunk drivers.

Beware of intoxicated drivers around the holidays

If a drunk driver causes a collision, you may want to seek compensation for medical bills, car damages and or other expenditures need to help you recover from the accident.

Hopefully, you will be able to avoid drunk drivers and stay safe. To decrease your chances of encountering a drunk driver or minimizing the impact an accident may have, here are some safety tips for drivers to follow:

  • Always wear your seat belt
  • Avoid driving at night
  • Drive defensively
  • Try to avoid traveling on the night before Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve

On average, 300 people die the week between Christmas and New Year every year. By following the safety tips, you may be able to minimize the risk you and your family face on New York roads.

What can you do?

Overall, the number of drunk driving accidents have decreased in the past few years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018, there was a 4% drop in drunk driving fatalities.

If you suspect a driver is intoxicated, you may want to call the local police department and report the driver.

There will be a number of DUI checkpoints around the holidays. Although they may slow you down or cause an inconvenience, remember they are there to help keep you and your family safe.