It's not an understatement to say that we are all excited to celebrate the end of this year, but while celebrations are in order, it's important not to get carried away and make hasty decisions. While the holiday season is anticipated all year long, it is also one of the most dangerous times to be on the road.
This Thanksgiving alone 358 people were arrested for driving under the influence in Arizona, an increase in arrests compared last year. Additionally according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), drunk drivers cause 40% of traffic fatalities between Christmas and New Year's. On New Year's Eve alone, an average of 54 people die due to a drunk driving accident. Victims are not only those who choose to drive while impaired but other drivers and pedestrians as well. In Arizona, DPS troopers arrested 30 people over New Year's Eve last year and stated that the most dangerous time to be on the road is between 2:30 and 3:00 am when bars have closed, and impaired drivers are on their way home. It's important to remember that driving under the influence is not limited to alcohol but includes drugs such as marijuana and prescription pills.
The best way to start this coming new year is to get home safe and sound. Help yourself make smart decisions by planning ahead. Consider the following tips to help you decide how you will get home safely.
- Be on the lookout for promotions on rideshare apps, public transportation, and other local services
- Download and program your rideshare app with your home address ahead of time
- Let someone know what your plans are, where you will be and what time you plan to be home
- If you are a designated driver, make a 100% commitment to staying sober
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, pull over and call the police
There is no excuse for driving under the influence. It risks your life and that of others on the road. Choose to stay safe this new year and give yourself a good start next year.
To learn more about driving under the influence visit, MaricopaCountyAttorney.org/DUI