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Keep the holidays safe by avoiding drinking and driving

The winter holiday season is a time for New Yorkers to celebrate time-honored traditions and enjoy the company of family, friends and co-workers. It’s also a time to look forward to the New Year.

Unfortunately, though, the good tidings too often come to a tragic end because of drunk driving. The holiday season can be a wonderful time to make good memories, and to keep it that way, drivers should take some important safety precautions if they plan to imbibe.

We’ve often written about the devastating effects of drunk driving accidents. To avoid potentially catastrophic consequences, individuals or groups who plan to drink should arrange for a designated driver. It’s well-known advice, but failure to get a sober ride results in far too many injuries and deaths each year.

Also, taxis, buses, trains and other ride services are out in full force in the city during the holiday season, and no one should make the mistake of foregoing a sober ride after drinking.

Restaurants, bars and liquor stores also have a responsibility not to serve drunk drivers. If an impaired driver injures or kills someone after being served alcohol at a drinking establishment or liquor store, then the business could be held accountable under New York’s dram shop laws.

In any case, as the New York State DMV puts it, “drinking and driving is not an option.”

Drunk driving can not only result in criminal charges; a person who is injured by a drunk driver may also bring a civil claim of negligence in pursuit of compensation for injuries.

To learn more about these matters, please visit our main personal injury website.

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