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Risk of drunk driving accidents increases near New Year’s Eve

Once Christmas is over, don’t breathe a sigh of relief yet about intoxicated drivers on the road. New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and as we at the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C., are aware, this is a prime time for drunk driving accidents in Texas and across the country.

Law enforcement officers have been on the alert for drunk drivers throughout the holiday season, since people often enjoy office Christmas parties and other festivities with alcohol. As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration points out, the number of alcohol-related crashes increases around the holidays. Over the past five years, about 300 people across the country were killed in drunk driving accidents during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. It may dismay you to learn that in December 2016, 781 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes.

When you are on the road, stay alert for drivers who are exhibiting the following signs of intoxicated driving:

  • Swerving from one side of the road to the other or weaving between lanes
  • Accelerating too quickly or slowly
  • Braking randomly or suddenly
  • Driving too close to other objects and vehicles or striking them
  • Ignoring traffic signs or running red lights and stop signs
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road

If you see a vehicle driving like this, take note of its make, model and color, get the license plate number, if possible, then call 911. While calling authorities may save lives, you may also want to avoid driving too close to another vehicle whose driver appears intoxicated. As our page on drunk driving accidents states, an alcohol-related crash can tragically change lives forever.

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