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The Rise of Drinking & Driving During the Holidays

With the holidays in full swing, it seems a party, after-work social or other gathering is on the list every weekend in December. While these events might be fun, between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, the number of arrests related to drinking and driving in Alaska skyrockets. In fact, almost half of all driving fatalities on Christmas Day are alcohol-related.

According to statistics from MADD, Alaska has recorded over 3,000 DUI arrests this year. Don’t become another statistic, this year get informed about how dangerous drinking and driving is. Pass your knowledge on to your friends and family; share this article on Twitter and Facebook.

Facts on Alcohol

  • Whether you’re drinking wine, beer, or liquor they all deliver the same effect.
  • No amount of coffee will sober up you up. The only thing that will sober you up is time.
  • Always ask what’s in the punch, it may be more potent than it tastes!
  • One 12oz beer is equivalent to 5oz bottle of wine and wine is equal to 1.5oz of liquor.

Avoid a DUI – Plan Ahead

Drinking at holiday gatherings can be fun, as long as you drink responsibly. If you plan to attend a holiday celebration, make plans ahead of time, so you won’t get behind the wheel after drinking.

  • Find a designated driver
  • Remember to bring cash for a cab
  • Spend the night at the host's house
  • Hitch a ride home with a sober friend
  • Take public transportation

Remember, the consequences of drinking and driving are severe. If you are involved in a car accident, not only could you be seriously injured, you could kill or injure others on the road. Also, your insurance company will not help you pay for the damage to your car, and you will be charged with DUI. If you are arrested for DUI, contact an Anchorage criminal defense lawyer today.