Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner. It's not only a time to honor our military personnel who gave their lives for our country, it will be a time for friends and family to congregate. For many people, Memorial Day Weekend is also the unofficial start of summer.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrations this year may look different, but alcohol consumption will likely still be involved. This means there will likely be drunk drivers on the road.
Florida law enforcement officers will likely amp up their efforts to enforce the traffic laws. They can't be everywhere all the time, however. Some drunk drivers may evade detection from law enforcement and endanger other road users.
Drunk driving during Memorial Day Weekend
Insurance marketplace ValuePenguin ranked Memorial Day Weekend the deadliest holiday period for driving, after analyzing holiday crash data. The holiday period has an average of 312 traffic fatalities each year. More than 40 percent of those traffic fatalities involved a drunk driver.
In another ValuePenguin study, Memorial Day Weekend was ranked the second worst holiday for DUI fatalities (just behind 4th of July), with an average of 39.5 drunk driving deaths per day.
The danger posed by drunk drivers
According to the NHTSA, drunk drivers kill more than 10,000 people each year. Unlike sober drivers, drunk drivers experience impaired judgment, delayed reaction time, release of inhibition, and loss of physical coordination.
It doesn't take much to experience some level of impairment, even when driving with a BAC below o.o8 percent. For example:
- Drivers with a BAC of 0.02 percent may experience slight impairment to judgment and visual functioning.
- Drivers with a BAC of 0.05 percent may experience some reduced coordination, difficulty steering, reduced alertness, and some loss of muscle control.
Once a driver reaches a BAC of 0.08 or greater, they may experience:
- Short-term memory loss
- Difficulty tracking objects
- Reduced ability to process information
- Impaired perception
- Inability to maintain lane position
- Slow thinking and reaction time
A lawyer can fight to hold drunk drivers accountable
The Law Offices of Scott M. Miller, PLLC is urging everyone to stay safe and vigilant this Memorial Day Weekend. If you know someone who may get behind the wheel after having too much to drink, don't be afraid to intervene. If you see someone driving erratically, keep your distance or pull over and let them pass.
Those who plan on consuming alcohol this Memorial Day Weekend have the choice to act responsibly. They have a choice to leave their keys at home, get an Uber, walk, or stay at a friend's house. If their choice to drive results in someone's injury or death, they should be held accountable.
Our legal team fights on behalf of crash victims and their families in Longwood and the greater Orlando area. Should you or a loved one be injured in a crash with a drunk driver, contact our firm or call 1-866-MILLER-5 (866-645-5375) to schedule your free consultation.