The arrival of the December holidays bring various celebrations -and in many cases include alcohol- worth remembering that prevention and safety driving should be our first guest during holiday parties.
Year after year, the figures are repeated. During the festivities dramatically increase traffic accidents and therefore fatalities that accompany them. Only between 8 and December 31, 1,180 people died on the roads of the country, and about 30 percent of those accidents alcohol was involved.
The first of January is one of the deadliest days on the roads of this country and -all according to the National Traffic Management and Road Safety in -NHTSA- in December 2013 there were 733 fatalities involving at least one driver or motorcycle rider with an alcohol concentration in the blood (BAC) of 0.08 or more. 23 of those deaths occurred on Christmas Day.
To avoid spoiling or ruin these celebrations we must remember that driving under the influence of alcohol can bring direct consequences if you do not end up in the cemetery, they can end up in jail or at least let unlicensed driving with a high fine payable.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is always a choice (temptation). If we know the risks involved and yet we choose to take control of a vehicle after drinking, we are facing many risks and we are jeopardizing not only our life, but that of many other people. That's irresponsible!
If we are to celebrate away from home, we can choose a person prior to return to us safely home. If that is not within our means, we must consider the option of sleeping in the place of the party or not to drink.
And if you are one of those who is aware of the importance of being responsible on the roads, in this and every season, it's important to know that it is everyone's responsibility to stay alert. If we see a drunk driver on the road should call the police immediately and when in our hands to prevent a person who has drunk driving.
If the tolerance of the authorities with drunk drivers is zero, ours should be too.
And it is that one drink can impair judgment and increase the risk of being arrested for drunk or have an accident driving.
Driving after drinking should never be an option.
For more information or to read this article in Spanish go to La Red Hispana