Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that there were 697 drunk driving fatalities in the state of Florida last year, which was a .4% increase over the previous year. The group also reported that there were 53,664 arrests for drinking and driving during the same time period. These statistics show just how widespread driving under the influence really is, which is why Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC would like to offer these tips on how to help you avoid becoming a victim.
Drive during Daylight Hours
Whenever possible, limit your driving to only during daylight hours. The odds of you encountering an intoxicated motorist increases when it is dark outside, especially very late at night or in the wee hours of the morning.
Avoid Driving near the Holidays
Holidays are a time when people tend to celebrate with alcohol, which means there are more intoxicated drivers than usual out on the roads. This trend is not limited to major holidays, as even minor ones such as Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day tend to involve alcohol as well. On holidays that do not normally result in paid time from work, avoid driving on the roads that evening. For some of the bigger holidays such as Memorial Day or Labor Day, celebrations could last an entire weekend, so you should avoid driving on the days leading up to them as well.
Try to drive toward the right side of your lane whenever you are being approached by oncoming traffic. That’s because intoxicated drivers often swerve into oncoming traffic, thereby causing a head-on collision. By driving further to the right, you can hopefully give yourself just a little extra wiggle room in the event this does happen.
Watch Drivers in Front of You
Drunk motorists tend to drive somewhat slower than normal in order to avoid being pulled over for speeding. They may also consistently swerve back and forth across the center line or over the right edge of the pavement. No matter how slow a driver is going, you should never attempt to pass, as that motorist could swerve into your lane and sideswipe you. Instead, follow a reasonable distance behind and notify authorities as soon as possible.
By following these tips, you can reduce your odds of being involved in an alcohol-related accident. Should you still find yourself involved in such an accident, your best bet is to contact an injury attorney in Martin County right away. To find out more, contact us.