December Driving Safety
Better weather has yielded a record low number of accidents and accident related fatalities, but December holiday traffic will undoubtedly lead to an increase in accidents, injuries and deaths. While the number of accidents was down, the number of OVI and aggressive driving arrests were up in Ohio.
In 2014, 50% of the fatal crashes during the Christmas holiday week were attributed to impaired driving. Driving sober, paying attention and staying alert are critical to a safe and healthy holiday season for you and for other drivers!
The holiday spirit, coupled with an influx of family and friends may result in a few extra adult beverages. From eggnog to the latest Christmas ale, having a plan to play it safe on the road should be your top priority.
- Use the buddy system – For spouses, siblings, friends and more – the buddy system is a great way to play it safe during the holiday season. Take turns being the designated driver and be sure to have a plan in place ahead of time.
- Use public transportation – While Northeast Ohio may not have an abundance of public transportation options, we do have a enough! Hire a driver, limo service, cab, Uber or call a friend.
- Plan for overnight accommodations – Take advantage of a friend’s hospitality or a night on the town. Plan for safe overnight accommodations instead of hitting the road.
Keep the Holidays Safe
The holiday season is a time to celebrate and spread cheer while spending time with those we love and cherish. As with any increase in road activity, the propensity for accidents will be on the rise. Set the trend this holiday season with responsible driving decisions!
If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident this holiday season, you must call me as soon as possible! Do not settle with the insurance company, call me first!