Christmas DUI and Traffic Safety Tips

December 20, 2016

Christmas DUI and Traffic Safety

The time during the Christmas holidays is considered one of the most dangerous periods for driving. Every year California Highway Patrol together with other law enforcement officers take measures to keep drunk driver off the roads and to provide safety for motorists, fellow passengers and pedestrians on the State’s road.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” 2016 Campaign will last from December 15 till January 1. Its aim is to protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians from getting into car accidents or from being arrested. Traffic officers will establish DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols all over the country to look for impaired motorists. The campaign involves media resources, mobile promotion videos, ads and posters to draw public attention and to reduce the number of DUI drivers on roads during this holiday season.
The police constantly remind us that a person does not have to be drunk to be arrested for a DUI.

Any impaired driving or being over the legal limit is illegal and can result in a DUI arrest. Earlier this month, California Office of Traffic Safety started a campaign in order to remind people that driving under the influence of drugs is also a crime. A DUI from alcohol or drugs will have similar consequences including possible jail time, increased insurance rates, license suspension, high fines, community service and other criminal record.

You can be even charged with a DUI if you have taken some prescribed or over the counter medications. These may include: sedatives, antidepressant drugs, tranquillizers, sleeping pills, antiallergic drugs, motion sickness, headache or toothache remedy, analgetics, muscle relaxants, etc. A slowed down reaction due to medication is as dangerous as drunk driving and will increased risks of a traffic accident. Moreover, a use of alcohol and some prescribe medication can be even more dangerous and cause greater impairment – doubling or tripling the risk of accidents.

Statistic shows that every December the number of DUI related fatalities increase by 12 percent. Last year 350 drivers were arrested on suspicion of drunk impaired driving within 24 hours – from Christmas Eve till December 26th.

Some drivers try to time their alcohol consumption but because bodies are often will metabolize alcohol different, you can never be certain by simply timing the drinks. The best method to avoid getting in trouble with the law is to avoid the most risky day for alcohol impaired driving during the year and use a designated driver or some other method of getting around but not to get behind the wheel of the car after consuming alcohol.

We want to remind you of some of the easy-to-follow Traffic Safety tips to help you not to spoil the atmosphere of this holiday season:

  • Try not to get behind the wheel of a car if you drink any alcohol. Be sensible and reasonable. Have a number of persons who can give you a ride in case you consume alcohol. If you consume alcohol, call one of these drivers to come to your help. Alternatively, download mobile app, like Dryver Smartphone App or Designated Driver VIP, which allow a pickup at any convenient time.
  • Always obey traffic regulations and limits.
  • Avoid all distracters, like using mobile phone, chatting with other passenger, listening to loud music, eating and drinking while driving. Both hands should always be on the steering wheel and eyes on the road while you drive a vehicle.
  • If you need to take medicine, read the label attentively, consult your doctor or pharmacist beforehand. Many pills affect the ability to concentrate or can cause drowsiness or insomnia, which can affect driving. Some other pills can affect coordination, thus making driving dangerous.
  • Don’t forget to put on your seatbelt

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