Cinco de Mayo has become a big night out for many, particularly among young adults. This festive day has another ‘six-pack tradition’ here on All-American party calendar, just like our devotion to becoming Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. But it is also a very dangerous night out because of alcohol-impaired drivers. Impaired driving crashes killed 10,228 people in 2010, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. That’s an average of one alcohol impaired driving fatality nearly every 51 minutes.1
Those celebrating should be sure to designate their sober driver in advance – before the fiesta begins — or you may wake up in jail on Seis de Mayo.
For the first time in cinco years, the fiesta will land on a Saturday — which means the risks are even greater considering the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2010 was two times higher on weekends than weekdays.1 That’s not even considering the fact that in on holidays that number jumps up to 43 percent.2
Out of these figures, what slays me is the fact that impaired motorcycle riders account for the highest percentage of these accidents.1 While drinking & driving is moronic and inconsiderate for all drivers, I think there is a special stupid award for the drunk idiots who believe that they can not only drive, but drive while keeping their balance. Sure, I bet there’s an indescribable feeling that you get from riding after a couple of drinks — such as the flesh being torn from your limbs as your bones snap like twigs. Yea that sounds like a blast. Riders have enough to worry about to stay safe on the road — so why increase the risk?
So, before you head out to imbibe in Tequila, Cervezas and Margaritas, make sure you and your amigos have a designated a sober driver to get you back to your casa once the fiesta is over.
- Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation
Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving –so make sure to plan ahead before the fiesta begins. Planning ahead can mean the difference between life and death.
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