“Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. wishes everyone a happy and safe New Year’s. Please enjoy your celebrations with friends and family, and plan ahead should the celebrations involve alcoholic beverages,” said Fort Myers DUI Accident Attorney, Randall Spivey.
Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the percentage of crashes involving alcohol spikes across the country, according to the National Institutes of Health report. Nearly 44 percent of fatal crashes happen on December 31 between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., and on January 1, nearly 20 percent of fatal crashes happen between midnight and 3:00 a.m.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) says, “Some of the most dangerous days of the year on our nation’s roadways are between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. In 2017, 891 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes. This is 26 percent of the total traffic fatalities. Because of these statistics, MADD asks everyone to participate in its Tie One On For Safety® campaign and display a MADD red ribbon in a visible location to remind others to always designate a non-drinking driver”. (Tie One On For Safety® is the longest-running and most visible public awareness project for MADD).
How to participate in Tie One On For Safety®?
MADD says you can participate in the campaign…
- Asking guests at your holiday party to donate to MADD instead of bringing a hostess gift. This gift will help us serve victims whose loved ones can’t be home for the holidays due to a drunk-driving crash.
- Distributing Tie One On For Safety® ribbons at your party which are available through your local MADD office.
- Putting safety before the party and always designating a non-drinking driver BEFORE the celebration begins to ensure everyone arrives home safely.
- Displaying a MADD red ribbon in a visible location on your vehicles. Red ribbons, magnets, and window decals are available through local MADD offices.
- Hosting parties responsibly by offering mocktails and other non-alcoholic beverages, and by providing alternate transportation or accommodations for guests who have been drinking.
- Tie One On For Safety® “virtually” by sharing on Facebook one of the buttons found on MADD’s website.
“We have seen the devastation caused by DUI accidents and encourage everyone to plan ahead and have a designated driver available before consuming the first alcoholic beverage. Party hosts who serve alcoholic beverages must also plan ahead and take away the keys at the door of anyone who will be celebrating with alcohol. New Year’s Eve is only one day a year, but the results of DUI accidents can last a lifetime,” said Attorney Spivey.
Hurt By Drunk Driver Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and Collier County 239.793.7748.