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Holiday DUIs are a higher risk to everyone involved

No one should ever be on the roads when intoxicated, but it's particularly important to be focused on the roads during the holidays. With an increase in overall traffic as well as changing weather conditions, holiday driving has the potential to be dangerous enough without additional factors like intoxication.

The holiday season is dangerous because people spend more time at events and parties. They're with friends and family members, so they feel more comfortable drinking and enjoying themselves. Since the holidays result in many businesses closing, it could be hard for individuals to find transportation to or from the events, which means they're more likely to drink and drive.

Drinking and driving is a major holiday issue, but there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of getting into a crash. For instance, you can offer to pick someone up before an event if he or she wants to drink and doesn't have a safe ride home. You could offer to allow guests to stay at your home if they plan to drink. You could also help individuals call for an Uber, Lyft or taxi if they drink and decide they still want to go home.

Even though .08 is the legal limit for alcohol consumption before driving, that doesn't mean that .07 won't affect you and your reactions. The best way to avoid a crash is to avoid drinking completely before you get behind the wheel. If you want to drink and then wait until you are no longer intoxicated to drive, consider purchasing a Breathalyzer to carry on hand.

Source: Fox10, "Dangers of Drunk Driving during the Holidays," Joe Emer, Nov. 21, 2017

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