Marked by festive celebrations, the holiday season also increases the risk of encountering impaired drivers. Navigating traffic with vigilance helps ensure the safety of all road users.
Avoiding impaired motorists during the holidays could prevent a serious auto accident.
Rely on public transit
Public transportation can be a reliable option during the holiday season. Consider using buses or trains if they are available in your area.
Stay alert and defensive
Remain aware while driving, especially during the holiday season. Stay alert to erratic driving behaviors, such as swerving or abrupt lane changes, which may indicate impairment.
Adopt a defensive driving approach to respond promptly to unpredictable situations. Try to anticipate and protect yourself from each motorist’s next move.
Report suspected impaired drivers
If you observe a vehicle exhibiting signs of impairment, report it to local law enforcement. Providing details such as the vehicle’s description, license plate number and location can help authorities address the potential hazard.
Avoid late-night driving
Impaired driving incidents are more prevalent during late-night hours. When possible, plan your travels during daylight or early evening hours. You are more likely to have an accident with a drunk motorist after parties end and bars close.
Be careful at intersections
Exercise caution at intersections, where impaired drivers may fail to adhere to traffic signals. Approach crossings with heightened awareness and make sure the road is clear before you proceed.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 209 drunk driving fatalities from December 14, 2020, through January 1, 2021. Staying safe on the road during the holiday season requires a proactive approach and heightened awareness.