Did you know the average drunk driver has driven drunk over 80 times before his or her first arrest?1,2 Drinking and driving is a serious problem year-round, but the prevalence of drunk driving incidents increases during the holiday season.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, New Year’s Day is the deadliest day of the year for alcohol-related car crashes. Sixty-two percent of the average of 113 crash deaths on January 1, 2016 were due to alcohol impairment. That’s nearly double the overall impairment rate of 35 percent during 2011-2015.3
Holiday Drinking and Driving in Texas
In the state of Texas, drunk driving during the holiday season and the New Year’s holiday is also a serious problem. The Texas Department of Transportation cites 126 deaths caused by alcohol-related car crashes during the 2016-2017 holiday season, which serves as a grisly warning for party-goers and drivers on Texas roads this New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.4
Other Texas drunk driving statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation include:
- From December 1, 2016 to January 1, 2017, there were a total of 2,321 DUI-alcohol related car crashes in Texas. Those incidents resulted in 82 deaths and 199 serious injuries.
- From December 30, 2016 to January 2, 2017, there were a total of 4,054 car crashes in Texas. Those incidents resulted in 44 deaths and 171 serious injuries.
Risk Factors and Consequences of Drinking and Driving
Alcohol addiction and impaired driving both come with a host of risks and serious consequences, especially for repeat offenders who have a habit of driving while intoxicated. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers with blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08 g/dL or higher involved in fatal car crashes were 4.5 times more likely to have prior DWI convictions than were drivers with no alcohol.5
Regardless of how many times you’ve gotten away with it, if you or a loved one decides to drink and drive this holiday season, you may be faced with some of the following consequences:
- Hefty fees and fines – If you are pulled over by the police while driving under the influence of alcohol, you could be arrested and face $10,000 or more in fines or fees. You may also even lose your license.
- Serious injury or death – In addition to facing fines, arrest, and jail time, you may also seriously injure yourself or someone else in a car accident as a result of your alcohol abuse. Alcohol-related traffic incidents can also be fatal.
- Court-ordered addiction treatment – If you are caught drinking and driving, you may be required to complete court-ordered rehab against your will, with the potential alternative being jail time.
Protecting Loved Ones from the Deadly Consequences of Drunk Driving
Deadly alcohol-related car crashes are completely preventable. Before attending a New Year’s Eve party this year, consider the consequences of drunk driving and plan ahead.
- Attend an alcohol-free New Year’s Eve event.
- Choose a designated driver before leaving the house to attend any New Year’s Eve parties.
- Don’t let your friends or loved ones get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated.
- Take an Uber or a Taxi instead of driving yourself.
You may have struggled with alcohol addiction and abuse for months or years now, knowing full well that you need help. Instead of attending a New Year’s Eve party, you may want to consider starting the new year off with some major life changes. Checking yourself into a drug and alcohol detox program is a great way to start.
Completing an alcohol detox program at a medically assisted detox center has many benefits and can be much more comfortable and safe than detoxing independently at home. By checking yourself into an alcohol detox program, you’ll also avoid potentially harming yourself or others on New Year’s Eve and you can get the help you need to start living sober.
Freedom From Alcohol Addiction Starts with Alcohol Detox
If you or a loved one is suffering from alcohol addiction this holiday season, the best way to protect yourself and others from alcohol-induced harm is to address the addiction head on and enroll in an alcohol detox program to begin treatment.
The experienced staff members at Briarwood Detox Center understand the struggle of drug and alcohol addiction and we are prepared to provide the highest-quality alcohol detox program available. Whether you are seeking detox on your own accord or you are facing court-ordered rehab, we can help.
Please call Briarwood Detox Center today to learn more about our medically assisted drug and alcohol detox programs or to enroll in a detox program today.