Driving Dangers Before and During the Thanksgiving Holiday

  As one of the year’s biggest travel holidays, Thanksgiving prompts its fair share of traffic headaches. It’s only natural to grumble about gridlock, but traffic is not the only driving concern worth considering. Unfortunately, a variety of road-based dangers threaten to ruin your holiday weekend. Icy Roads In many regions, Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of the winter driving season, complete with deceptively icy roads. Temperatures hovering around 32 degrees Fahrenheit can prove especially dangerous, as they may prompt a hazardous cycle of freezing and thawing. Combine icy conditions with rushed drivers traveling above the speed limit, and you…

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Halloween Driving and Safety Tips

October is finally here, and with it the joys of the autumn season. Whether the crisp, cool air, the warm spiced beverages, or the excitement of Halloween to look forward to, it seems everyone has something to love about this time of year. Unfortunately, with Halloween comes a number of increased safety risks to be extra mindful of. Twice as many children die from car accidents out walking on October 31 than any other night of the year, and everyone can play a role in reducing that number. Many of the deaths that occur are a direct result of drinking…

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St. Patrick’s Day Safety Tips

After a long and difficult winter, St. Patrick’s Day is about to usher in spring — and you’re ready to party! In this time of celebration, however, many party-goers find themselves vulnerable to a variety of risks, most of which involve alcohol. Follow these tips to stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day: Plan to Use Public Transit or Ridesharing Apps According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 60 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers on St. Patrick’s Day in 2016. The fatality rate that year averaged 29 people per day; clearly, people drove drunk on St….

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No Designated Driver for St. Patrick’s Day 2018? Get a SoberRide

This Saturday, March 17, millions of people will step out to enjoy the many, parades, parties and pints of green beer in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day—potentially hundreds of thousands here in the D.C. area alone. While many will make arrangements not to drink and drive, the reality is sometimes no one wants to be the “designated driver” for the group. In these cases, many car services and organizations in cities around the country offer free rides to revelers who want to get home safely. Here in the Washington, D.C. area, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) is once again…

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How to Stay Safe on St. Paddy’s Day 2018

Parades, leprechaun hats, green clothes—and green beer. On or around March 17, some 60 percent of Americans will don the Irish green to celebrate what has become the 2nd most popular drinking day of the year, according to Time. Unfortunately, this also typically leads to a spike in drunk driving. According to statistics provided by WalletHub, 60 Americans died in drunk driving accidents during St. Paddy’s Day 2016, and of those fatality accidents, 75 percent of them involved a driver with a BAC count at twice the legal limit. Needless to say, if you plan to indulge on St. Patrick’s…

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DC Area Holiday SoberRide Program Kick Off Begins | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

Of the Washington metropolitan area’s 351 total traffic fatalities last year, 33% (116) of these roadway deaths were alcohol and or drug-related.  The Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s annual effort to keep our community’s streets safer throughout the holiday season starts today. The Holiday SoberRide program provides free taxi rides home throughout the DC metro area from 10 p.m through 6 a.m. The program ends at 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day. People 21 and over should call 800-200-8294 or press #8294 from an AT&T wireless phone. The statistic is shocking, 116 deaths in our community last year as a result…

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