St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17 each year. In 2018, it falls on a Saturday. The holiday is dangerous for drivers each year because of the number of people who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with alcohol and then get behind the wheel of a vehicle. However, this year, with the holiday falling on the weekend, the number of DUI accidents could increase because many people will have the holiday and the day after off, so they will not worry about getting up for work after a night of merriment.
This time of year can be extremely hazardous on the roads because of the holiday traffic. People are rushing to finish holiday shopping, leaving town for the holidays, or simply trying to get to and from work as they do every other day of the year. Unfortunately, it is also a time of year where we see an increase in drunk driving incidents. Sadly, deaths from alcohol-impaired driving accidents increased from 2015 to 2016. According to the NHTSA, 10,497 people lost their lives in DUI accidents during 2016. California had the second highest number of DUI fatalities in the nation with 1,059 deaths in 2016. Now that the holidays are upon us, the chance of being involved in a drunk driving accident increases.
Drunk drivers cause millions of dollars in property damage and personal injury damages each year in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,497 lives were lost during 2016 because of drunk driving accidents, which was a slight increase from the previous year. This means that someone lost their lives in an alcohol-impaired driving accident every 50 minutes during 2016. California had the second highest number of DUI accident fatalities in 2016 with 1,059 deaths.
As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, we need to keep in mind that some individuals might get behind the wheel of their vehicle after enjoying too many holiday alcoholic beverages. Thanksgiving begins the holiday season for many people. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving may be a day of mourning for some families who lose a loved one in a DUI accident on California roads. Sadly, some families will not enjoy the holidays this year because a careless individual chose to get behind the wheel impaired by alcohol.
Drunk and drugged drivers pose a real and deadly threat to everyone on the road. Drivers using alcohol or drugs have a higher risk of being involved in a traffic accident due to their impaired abilities. Because you cannot stop everyone from getting behind the wheel when they are drunk or drugged, you need to know the signs of an impaired driver so you can report the suspected driver to the police and get out of his way.
The Fresno Bee reported that a driver was convicted of murder after a DUI accident in 2010. Cesar Gonzalez Moreno pleaded no contest to a murder charge related to the DUI accident on Thanksgiving Day 2010. His blood alcohol content was four times the legal limit when he caused to separate collisions on Highway 180 and Highway 99 that day. Moreno is scheduled to be sentenced on December 7. He could serve up to 21 years in prison.