What's the busiest bar night of the year? St. Patrick's Day? New Year's Eve? You might be surprised to know it is the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Eve, or "Black Wednesday," kicks off the season of drunk driving accidents in Florida.
According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, there is an average of 36 DUI deaths each day in the United States. In the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's, that average increases to 45 drunken driving fatalities per day. New Year's Eve, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are among the top holidays for Florida DUI deaths.
Why so many DUI deaths? It is a combination of people celebrating the holidays with alcohol and an increased number of drivers travelling for the holidays.
This year, the NHTSA will be running two holiday-season impaired-driving campaigns. "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving" from December 1 to December 11. The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign runs from December 12 to January 1. During these campaigns the FLorida Highway Patrol and local officers will operate sobriety checkpoints in order to stop drunk driving.
It may surprise you to learn that fewer than 20 percent of drunk drivers who cause Florida DUI accidents are charged and convicted. But you and your family can get accountability - even without a criminal conviction. To learn more about Florida DUI injury lawsuits contact West Palm Beach accident lawyer David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.
West Palm Beach accident injury attorney David Glatthorn hopes your holiday is filled with friends, family, and good times. But, if you find yourself the victim of a Florida drunk driving car crash, we are here for you during the holiday season and all year.