The holiday season has arrived in Louisiana, and with it the holiday party season. There is a significant increase in the number of parties and other social engagements in the month of December. Many of these engagements will involve alcohol. Sadly, that can also mean an increase in incidents of drunk driving, which can contribute to holiday fatalities.
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of fatal crashes caused by drunk drivers increases over the holidays. Last December, there were 20 crashes related to alcohol and 22 fatalities in Louisiana. There are steps that can be taken to lessen the chance of being involved in a drunk driving incident.
Many people believe that, if they have one drink an hour, they will maintain their ability to drive safely. This is often not true and varies, depending on the strength of the drink, the person’s weight and metabolism, and how much food may be in a person’s system. One of the best options to protect oneself from being involved in a drunk driving incident is to have a designated driver.
If the unfortunate does occur, and one is involved in a drunk driving incident in Louisiana, it can be a very scary and unsettling experience. This may be particularly true in the event of a first-time offense. As awful as the experience may seem, a lawyer may be able to help soften the shock and will be able to ensure that one is aware of all of one’s rights under the law.