"Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, and we at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. would like to remind everyone that even though our gatherings may be smaller and limited this year, DUI accidents can still occur,” said Fort Myers DUI Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported there was an alcohol-related traffic fatality every 50 minutes in 2018, and 10,511 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes. These alcohol-impaired crash fatalities accounted for 29 percent of all crash fatalities.
Following are some tips for party hosts from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to help prevent holiday DUI accidents:
- As guests RSVP, confirm that they have a plan for a safe way home via a non-drinking designated driver, such as a friend, rideshare service, i.e. Uber or taxi.
- Plan activities like party games or door prizes that do not involve alcohol.
- Do not push alcoholic drinks! Drinking at a party is not required to have a good time.
- Provide plenty of food to keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach. Avoid too many salty snacks, which tend to make people thirsty and drink more.
- Make “mocktails” and other non-alcoholic beverages fun for non-drinking designated drivers and others who prefer to not drink alcohol.
- Never serve alcohol to someone under 21 and never ask anyone under 21 to serve alcohol at parties.
- Remember only time sobers a person up, which means you may need to offer your sofa or guest room to guests who need to stay put.
- As the party host, have fun – but not too much fun. Stay within your limits to make sure your guests stay within theirs.
Guests at holiday parties should also be responsible. A Fort Myers DUI accident attorney at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. recommends:
- Never drink alcohol (not even one drink) or use drugs or prescription medicine that causes drowsiness and drive.
- Never get into a vehicle if the driver has been drinking or using drugs.
- Don’t let someone you know drive after drinking alcohol or taking drugs. Call a cab instead.
“If you or a family member is injured because of the negligence of another, please contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. after seeking medical attention. There are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you, and we are available to assist you 24/7,” said Fort Myers DUI Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.
Fort Myers DUI Accident 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 percent (1%) 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 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 in Collier County at 239.793.7748.