The Dangers of Too Much Holiday Celebration

By Peter DePaolis

With Christmas behind you, you might be planning a return trip home along with many others. However, this is also prime time for law enforcement to arrest drivers for DUI and other violations. There is good reason for increased patrol this time of year as AAA estimates there will be 51 million more drivers on the road between Christmas and New Year’s. If you will be on the road this coming week, there are some tips to keep in mind for a safe trip.

First, make sure your car is in good winter condition, especially if there is a chance of dangerous road conditions and bad weather. Make sure your passengers are in their seatbelts. The rear seat is always the safest place for children of any age in a vehicle. Next, leave room for flexibility in your travel plans. Avoid traveling in peak traffic hours if possible, and plan in advance in the event of road closures.

Always leave plenty of room between your car and the one in front of you. Following too closely can be deadly in wet road conditions. Lastly, it goes without saying that if you attend a New Year’s Eve party choose a designated driver or take a taxi for a safe ride home.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.