Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD) together with other traffic safety organizations and local law enforcement remind everyone that the holidays are a particularly deadly time of the year due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads. Sadly, in 2012, MADD reported 134 people died in DUI car crashes over the Christmas season. Another 140 people lost their lives during the New Year holiday.
At a time of the year when more people are naturally traveling to spend time with family and friends, unfortunately it is also a time when more people are on the road driving impaired. Tragically, this results in a higher incidence of alcohol-related crash injuries and fatalities to innocent people.
The attorneys at Jim Dodson Law join MADD in urging everyone who plans to celebrate over the holiday season, to do so responsibly. Arrange for a designated driver ahead of time or call a cab. If you are planning a party, be a responsible host. Don’t let anyone leave your home and get behind the wheel of a vehicle impaired. If you are traveling, know how to spot a drunk driver. Some behaviors to be aware of are a driver who is tailgating, weaving or swerving; driving without headlights on at night; straddling the center lane or almost striking an object like a curb or another vehicle. If you see a car driving like this, try to note the make, model and license plate number of the vehicle - while keeping a safe distance. Then dial 911 and report them. Last year, 877 people died in alcohol-related crashes in Florida.
Jim Dodson has been helping victims and survivors of DUI crashes for over two decades. As Chairman of the MADD Pinellas County Advisory Board, Jim supports all efforts to eliminate drunk driving.