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Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

Now that Thanksgiving is just days away, the 2017 holiday season has officially arrived. We’re the first to admit that our firm loves the holidays. What’s not to love? It means cozying up by the fireplace, skiing and snowboarding, holiday feasts, hot chocolate, egg nog, Starbucks’ seasonal holiday drinks (yum), apple cider, Christmas and New Year’s parties, and the best part...spending time with the ones you love.

The holiday season is treasured by many, but for hospitals, law enforcement and DUI attorneys like ourselves, it’s known for being the “deadliest season” in regards to drunk driving. That’s because the uptick in celebrations all over the country means a lot more drinking and driving. That said, the United States Department of Transportation reminds all drivers that “buzzed driving is drunk driving.”

Thanksgiving Eve, Don’t Drink and Drive!

The drunk driving problem is so serious during the holidays that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is organizing a social media blitz to help people make it to the dining table on Thanksgiving Eve. “The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is a cultural phenomenon called “Thanksgiving Eve,” an evening associated with drinking and a big night for bars,” according to the Department of Transportation.

“From 2012 to 2016, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period (6:00 p.m. Wednesday to 5:59 a.m. Monday), making it the deadliest holiday on our roads,” reported the DOT.

Download the Uber and Lyft Apps

In this day and age, there’s no reason to drink and drive when we have smartphone technology at our fingertips. If you haven’t already, our advice is to download the Uber and Lyft apps on your cellphone. With the Uber and Lyft apps or with a quick call to a taxi, you can get a safe ride home no matter the time of day or night. However, if things don’t go as planned and you are arrested for DUI this holiday season, contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. for a hard-hitting DUI defense!

We wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable holiday season! When you celebrate with friends and family, don’t forget to drink responsibly by getting a sober ride home!