Take one look at any downtown area in New York and you’ll probably see copious amounts of decorations and people rushing from store to store. This can only mean one thing: the holiday season is upon us. But while this is easily visible, there is another thing that the holiday season also brings, and it may not be something that you can easily see either.
It’s the risk of drunk-driving accidents. Every year in the United States, more than 10,300 people die because of drunk drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And while we know that the risk is there because of parties and family get-togethers, we oftentimes don’t see the risk until it’s too late.
As so many of our Queens readers will tell you, drunk-driving accidents are incredibly devastating not only to victims but their families as well. Those that do not result in death typically result in injuries that may require extensive or continued medical treatments. Worst of all, all drunk-driving accidents are preventable if drivers simply remember to drive sober instead of engaging in the risky decision to drive while under the influence of alcohol.
This year, like so many in the past, the New York police are encouraging drivers to make the right decision this holiday season and choose not to drink and drive. To help make this possible, STOP-DWI has a free app called “Have A Plan” that allows people to get a taxi, designate a sober driver and even report a drunk driver to police. The hope is that this app could help reduce the number of drunk-driving accidents this year as well as in years to come.
Source: Press Connects, “Police plan to step up DWI enforcement,” John R. Roby, Dec. 9, 2014
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