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New Year’s Day is the Deadliest Day on the Road

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The last week of 2016 has arrived! As we look forward to celebrating the wonderful things 2016 has brought and happily ring in the New Year this weekend, Beltz & Beltz would like remind all of our blog readers about the danger of drunk drivers. Our lawyers are sadly familiar with the frequency and devastating effects of collisions caused by drunk drivers. New Year’s Day is the deadliest day on the roads because of the number of drunk drivers on the road, who left New Year’s Eve parties shortly after midnight.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently released statistics reflecting the horrors of drunk driving. On average, 28 people a day have been killed in the United Stated in alcohol related collisions. While public safety announcements and traffic safety campaigns discouraging drunk driving have increased this year, MADD reports that there have been 797 DUI deaths in 2016. It’s scary to think about, but each day nationwide, drunk drivers are getting behind the wheel on average 300,000 times a day. However, less than 3,200 are arrested for driving under the influence. The rate of drunk driving is highest among 26 to 29-year-old individuals.

Drunk driving statistics help explain why New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are even deadlier when the holidays fall on a weekend. Last year, 16% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes during the week were drunk, compared to 29% on the weekends. Drunk driving involvement in fatal crashes in 2014 was almost four times higher at night than during the day. If you are planning to celebrate this weekend, we suggest celebrating at home or staying overnight with friends to avoid being out on the roads after midnight.  

To help combat the drunk driving fatalities in our community, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office DUI Wolf Pack will be out and setting up DUI checkpoints this weekend. Companies like Uber and Lyft will be offering ride services at reasonable rates in Pinellas County all weekend. The Auto Club Group, AAA, offers a “Tow-to-Go” program statewide in Florida. The program provides a confidential local ride within a 10-mile radius to a safe location. The AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver home. It is free and available to both AAA members and non-members alike on New Year’s Eve.

Beltz & Beltz encourages all of our family, friends, and clients to be safe this holiday weekend and ring in the New Year responsibly. Despite taking all available precautions, collisions involving a motorist under the influence still occur. Drunk driving victims include pedestrians, motorcyclists, drivers and their passengers and innocent bystanders. Our firm is dedicated to passionately pursuing justice for our clients and their families. If you or a loved once have been injured by a drunk driver, call Beltz & Beltz today at 727-201-9944 or 813-559-9090, and speak with one of our lawyers to discuss your case. The call is free.


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