Drunk Driving | Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie Blog
November through January is one of the deadliest times to drive a vehicle due to the increase of cars on the road. Not surprisingly, additional cars on the road lead to the increased chance of getting into an accident, especially during the peak travel days. The holiday season has been proven to be the riskiest time of year for drivers due to weather conditions and drunk driving accidents. Car accidents due to alcohol consumption skyrocket during the holiday season. In fact, an average of 300 people died in drunk driving crashes the week between Christmas and New Year over the past 5 years. In addition, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 781 people lost their lives due to drunk driving crashes in 2016 between Christmas and New Year.
If you are like most people, you have probably had the experience of being on the road with a drunk driver. It can be a scary feeling, knowing that you cannot predict or trust their behavior. Your first instinct may have been to get as far away from that vehicle as possible, and this is the best method to avoiding a collision. If you happen to spot a driver who appears to be intoxicated or impaired, reporting it to the police could also help save their life, as well as the lives of innocent people sharing the road.
As of January 1, 2019, California expanded the ignition interlock device (IID) program for most drunk driving offenses. The bill makes, statewide, what had previously been part of a 2010 pilot program in four California counties including Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare. Under the new law, if you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), you'll have to get an IID installed on your vehicle in order to get your driving privileges reinstated.
Drinking and driving is at an all time high during the holiday season. Obviously if you are drinking you should not drive at all, but many people make the mistake of having a drink or two and think they’re fine to drive since they are not “legally” drunk. This assumption and misperception can however have a very high cost.
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