This year, the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Tie One On For Safety Holiday Campaign kicks off to remind us all to never drink and drive. This campaign originally began in 1983 as a way to help raise awareness and prevent drunk driving deaths from occurring. Now, every year, from November 16 through December 31, MADD wants everyone to designate a sober driver and hand over their keys before they begin the holiday festivities.
Drunken drivers caused more than 6,000 fatal accidents during the holidays from 2010 to 2018. This accounts for 37 percent of all fatal crashes during the holiday season. Sadly, these accidents could have been prevented had drivers simply designated a sober driver, called an Uber, or made alternative arrangements before heading out.
Why Do Crashes Spike During the Holidays?
The holiday season is typically full of festivities, parties, and family get-togethers. Alcohol is typically served at many of these events. Partygoers may have one too many drinks before heading back home. Without a solid sober driving plan in place, buzzed or intoxicated drivers may attempt to make it home without help. This often proves fatal.
In addition to excessive drinking, weather during the winter holiday season is often unpredictable. Snow, rain, sleet, and ice can make the roads even more dangerous than ever. This can further increase the likelihood of getting into a serious car accident.
Another commonly overlooked reason crashes spike during the holidays is the use of medication and other drugs. The holiday season is stressful. This stress can be difficult to deal with, causing individuals to reach for prescription medications or illicit drugs in an attempt to handle the season. Using medications or drugs and driving is never a good idea and can result in delayed reaction times and fatal mistakes behind the wheel.
When celebrating this holiday season, MADD suggests the following to help you stay safe.
- Give your sober driver a red ribbon, so everyone knows they’re the sober driver
- Ask the hostess of the party to provide non-alcoholic drinks for sober drivers
- If you’re hosting a party, offer the spare bedroom or sofa to guests
- Take turns being the sober driver
- Keep a reliable tax or ride-share app on your phone
- Tell others of your plan before you head out
Getting into a Drunk Driving Accident
Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents still occur at an alarming rate across Denver. If you get into an accident with a drunk driver, it is important to remain calm and call our law firm immediately.
From the start, we can protect your rights to compensation. We will gather the evidence needed to support your case, including BAC and toxicology results, medical reports, eyewitness accounts, and more. If the bar or tavern served your driver knowing they were drunk, we can seek to hold them accountable as well under Colorado’s dram shop liability laws.
Contact Our Denver Car Accident Firm
You deserve to have a law firm on your side that can fight for your rights after a serious accident. Call the Gold Law Firm today. We can meet with you for a FREE and 100% confidential evaluation to answer all your questions. Call us today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653. With offices in Denver, Brush, Durango, and Loveland, we are here to help you.