Bexar County released alarming statistics that alcohol-related driving fatalities tripled since 2013, according to a KSAT report.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also noted that Texas has 2.1 percent of adults who reported driving after drinking too much (in the past 30 days) compared to the national average of 1.9 percent. “We are the most dangerous city in Texas,” said Mothers Against Drink Driving (MADD) South Texas Director Jennifer Northway.
It’s well documented there is an increase in drunk driving fatalities between Thanksgiving and News Year’s Eve. The best plan to make this holiday season is to not drink and drive.
To prepare for the festivities, we recommend to never get behind the wheel when intoxicated and to do the following:
- Tie a child’s hair ribbon to the car antenna.
When you see your child’s hair tie on your vehicle, it should serve as a reminder to not put your life or the lives of your family in danger.
- Arrange for a designated driver.
Ride-share companies are back in business in San Antonio. Simply download their mobile app and enter your credit card information before you leave for the party, this way if you are a little buzzed, all you have to do is push a button to get a ride home.
- Give your keys to the host.
If you are driving to a holiday party and you have the option of staying over, give your keys to the party host and tell them to hang on to the keys until the next morning. Even if you’ve had a couple beers, remember buzzed driving is still drunk driving.
Please enjoy the holidays responsibly and make plans to have someone sober drive home. Don’t let a minor mistake have a major impact on the rest of your life. If you are arrested for drunk driving, be sure to have our phone number (210-660-1273) programmed into your phone contacts, and ask to call your lawyer immediately. Our experts are here to help you and your family. We hope you’ll never have to call us, but if you do, we will do everything we can to protect your rights.