New Year's Eve is like a pre-Mardi Gras celebration. While both events are popular and festive, they each hold dangers presented by drunk drivers.
Let's face it: Not a single resident of New Orleans should be injured in a car accident by a driver who has had too much to drink. These crashes, collisions and injuries are entirely avoidable.
All a person needs to do is be responsible and take reasonable precautions before going out to ring in the new year.
Perhaps the easiest way to avoid car accidents tonight is to simply refuse to drink and drive. That means no driving if for those who have had even a single drink. They should just stay off the roads and out from behind the wheel of their vehicle.
Another viable safety option is to have a designated driver; someone in a group of friends and family who volunteers to abstain from drinking any alcohol tonight. It's a small sacrifice to make to keep loved ones safe; not to mention keeping other motorists safe, too.
Law enforcement authorities estimate that approximately 10,000 people per year are killed in automobile accidents involving inebriated drivers; someone who has had too much to drink or someone who has taken illegal drugs or prescription medications that render them unable to drive safely.
In 2011, two-thirds of all highway fatalities involved drivers who had consumed alcohol, the Louisiana State Police says. The tragic results were that 60 Louisiana families lost loved ones needlessly.
Don't be counted among those grim statistics gathered at the end of this year. Stay safe, stay sober and stay off of the roads if you have had even a single drink.
For those injured in car accidents caused by drunk drivers, talk over your legal options with an experienced attorney before agreeing to a settlement with an insurance company.
Source: The Advertiser, "Don't drink and drive, New Year's Eve partiers," Dec. 31, 2012
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