Drunk Driving Accidents around the Holidays- Houston

Written by Greg on December 22, 2014

According to a recent press release, the Texas Department of Public Safety is urging all Texas to “drive responsibly and take extra precaution to help keep the roadways safe.”
As one can imagine, the holiday season is one of the busiest times to be on the roadways. This is largely due to the fact that both traveling and holiday shopping increase. The roadways can also be especially dangerous due to potentially inclement weather.

In particular rain and icy roadways can potentially pose a problem for drivers that do not exercise caution. If these factors alone were not problematic enough, research also shows that drunken driving accidents also increase around the holiday season. Drunken driving accidents around the holidays not only lead to loss of life, but they can also cause both individuals and the state a great deal of money, making the situation bad all the way around.

In addition, as pointed out by the Texas Department of Public Safety, during Thanksgiving weekend in 2013 alone officers made 387 arrests of individuals driving while intoxicated. It equally stands to reason that this increase in drunk driving also leads to drunken driving related traffic accidents, which reaches a surge in the holiday season.

As Houston is a very large city with a prominent nightlife, drunk driving poses a great threat during the holiday season because of the wide number of participants and opportunities for engagement. This is often made worse as revelry increases around the holidays due to the large influx of holiday festivities that are going on, both locally and privately. All of these factors come together to make a platform in which drunk driving and drunk driving related accidents can run rampant.

One should also be aware that local law enforcement in Houston is also working to meet the projected increase in drunken driving related incidences this holiday season. According to Tyler Dunman, Montgomery County’s district attorney,

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”700px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]“With an increase in parties and social gatherings, we will see an increase in those that make the poor, potentially fatal decision to drive while intoxicated.” [/dropshadowbox]

As reporting presented by the Houston Chronicle indicates, local law enforcement will work with prosecutors, investigators, judges, and nurses throughout the city of Houston, in specialized checkpoints, in order to determine if a suspected driver are indeed intoxicated.

As the research notes, this will be a part of the No Refusal campaign, which is fostered in an effort to cut back on holiday driving while intoxicated.

Additionally, as the research points out, in 2013 alone there have been an estimated 1,089 individuals killed as a result of drunk driving. In addition, it bears mentioning that Houston is currently ranked #1 for drunk driving related incidences in the state- especially in Harris County.

As mentioned previously, DUI crashes statistically increase around the holidays, and because of weather, influx of traffic, and other factors, they can be made worse.
With this in mind it is essential to remember to be careful this holiday season, especially if you are behind the wheel.

Source: http://www.dps.texas.gov/director_staff/media_and_communications/2014/pr112414.htm

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