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Holidays, alcohol and driving can be a recipe for disaster

As in most other states across the country, Georgia residents are gearing up for Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the 2019 holiday season. Did you buy your turkey yet? Perhaps this year you're traveling to a loved one's house or to a special party with friends. If so, you'll want to be especially cautious on the road, as chances are high you will be sharing the roadway with one or more drunk drivers.

The laws that prohibit driving while intoxicated are quite clear. The problem is that not every driver adheres to them. It really doesn't matter how safe a driver you are, if you're in the wrong place at the wrong time and a drunk driver is nearby, you can wind up suffering serious injuries if a collision occurs. A drunk driving accident can definitely bring your holiday joy to a screeching halt.

Remember the basics if you plan to party

Making responsible choices should be an integral component of every licensed driver's holiday fun. The following list includes simple reminders that can help party goers avoid drunk driving:

  • Don't drink. It's really as simple as that, if you plan to drive.
  • If you know ahead of time that you'll be imbibing, ask someone to go along with you who agrees to abstain from alcohol to be your chauffeur for the evening.
  • Perhaps, you'll want to download a ride share app or call a taxi cab to reserve transportation.
  • If you drive somewhere, have a few drinks and don't think it's responsible to drive home, ask for a ride or perhaps ask your host if you can spend the night.

If you're at a party with a friend who has been drinking, you can offer a ride and try to convince him or her to surrender his or her car keys. What if you're not even at a party? Maybe you just jump into your car to make a run to the grocery store, and another car suddenly crashes into yours.

Drunk drivers are menaces on the road all year long

Not only during the holidays, but every day, those who drink and drive place themselves and others at great risk for injury or death. Approximately 30 people in the United States die every day from injuries that occur in alcohol-related collisions. Your plans for making new memories during the holidays may turn into a series of events you'd rather forget if a drunk driver hits you.

Many accident victims go to court to seek financial recovery for their losses. State law allows this in cases where a person's negligence or reckless behavior is deemed responsible for another person's injuries.

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