July 4th in Texas and the Problem with DUIs
The Fourth of July is one of the most important celebrations of the year for many Texans. This federal holiday is known for its fireworks, concerts, barbeques, picnics, family reunions, and parades. It’s also one of the busiest drinking and driving holidays in America. To keep the roads as safe as possible, law enforcement typically steps up their anti-drinking and driving campaigns during the July 4th celebrations, and other popular drinking holidays throughout the year.
Drinking and Driving: A Problem in America
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) indicates that three people are killed every two hours in drinking and driving highway accidents. In 2010, their numbers showed approximately four million adults in the US admittedly drove under the influence.
Drinking and Driving: A Problem in Texas
We know drinking and driving is a widespread issue in America but is drinking and driving a particular problem here in Texas? According to the Texas Department of Transportation, someone is hurt or killed in a drinking-driving car accident every twenty minutes in Texas. It’s a year-round problem but does see spikes during popular holidays like the Fourth of July. If alcohol is available during your celebrations, consider these tips on how to have a safe, DWI-free holiday.
How to Have a Safe, DWI-Free Fourth of July Holiday:
- Have a plan. If you are going to drink, make sure you have a designated driver you can trust to avoid consuming any alcohol and get you home safely.
- If you don’t have someone willing to be the designated driver that you trust, take an Uber or Lyft.
- If you are the Fourth of July host, don’t let your friends and family drive drunk. Arrange for them to get a safe ride home if necessary or encourage them to stay the night.
- Whatever you do to celebrate this Fourth of July, don’t drink and drive. Drinking and driving is not worth the risk of causing a car accident or getting arrested for driving while intoxicated.
If you are in an accident and you need help filing a Texas car accident claim after a drunk driving accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Hudson Law can help. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience and knowledge you want on your side as you seek fair compensation for your injuries. We put Personal back into Personal Injury Law.