There is typically an uptick in drinking and driving related auto collisions during the holiday season. Spirit West Motor Carriage Auto Body Repair is urging people to learn the facts about drinking and driving, to prevent becoming another statistic.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 10,000 individuals were killed in alcohol-impaired driving accidents, including 415 in the second half of December alone.
Alcohol interferes with a person’s coordination, driving skills and judgment, causing drivers to lose control and become aggressive, which can in turn affect driving skills.
Drinking can affect the brain for hours and may even influence a person’s driving the next morning depending on consumption rates. Caffeine won’t help to reduce the effects of alcohol on the body despite this common myth among many.
If you do decide to drink during the holidays, take these simple steps into consideration:
- Pace yourself and don’t have more than one drink per hour
- Make every other drink a nonalcoholic one
- Pick a designated driver to get you home safely
- A designated driver should be someone who has not had anything to drink, not just the most sober individual in the group
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a nationwide crackdown on drunk driving this holiday season. Reminders will be visible along highways on MoDOT signs alerting drivers that police and other agencies will be vigilant in seeking out drunk drivers.
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Everyone here at Spirit West Motor Carriage Auto Body Repair wishes you safe travels and a very Happy Holiday! Be sure to hit the roads alert and…SAFELY!