With Halloween around the corner and major holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching, holiday-themed parties, family celebrations, and work-related festivities are not uncommon in Louisville and throughout Kentucky.200274141-001

Drunk driving accident lawyers in Louisville know that some people unfortunately make irresponsible choices during parties and celebrations. They carelessly get behind the wheel after drinking, believing that they are simply “buzzed” and OK to drive.

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) recently urged residents to be careful while on the roads this holiday season, issuing a stern reminder to drivers that “buzzed” driving is drunk driving.

Tips for staying safe on Kentucky roads this holiday season

According to Kentucky.gov, in 2011, a staggering 44 percent of the nation’s fatalities the weekend before Halloween involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration above .08, which is the legal limit in Kentucky.

Furthermore, on Halloween night – which fell on a Monday in 2011 – it was reported that 38 percent of fatalities occurred in car accidents that involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration level above the legal limit.

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety recommended the following safety tips this coming holiday season:

  • Before festivities begin, plan a safe way to get home at the night’s end.
  • Designate a sober driver for the night.
  • If you’ve had too much to drink, take a taxi, public transportation, or call a sober friend or family member.
  • If you’re walking, have a sober friend safely walk you home.
  • If you suspect another driver on the road is driving under the influence of alcohol, contact law enforcement officials immediately.
  • If you know somebody who is about to drive while drunk or ride in a car driven by a drunk driver, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements.

What is “buzzed driving?”

With nearly half of all drunk drivers involved in fatal accidents young men between ages 21-34, according to the NHTSA, much thought has gone into raising awareness over “buzzed driving” in recent years.

Using social media such as Facebook and Twitter along with a website containing video links, the NHTSA is serious about its “buzzed driving is drunk driving” campaign. The effort was created to remind drivers that there is no legal definition for “buzzed” driving and that driving while impaired has the same risks and repercussions, period.

Referring to a popular term used to describe a mild state of intoxication, “buzzed” drivers might believe that they have consumed a safe, legal amount of alcohol before getting behind the wheel of their vehicle or that their judgment has not been impaired.

However, given the increased accident risk and serious legal repercussions associated with driving under the influence of alcohol, drivers who might believe they’re only “buzzed” may be best advised to think twice before getting behind the wheel this holiday season.

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, drunk driving accident lawyers in Louisville can help. Call Shelton Law Group today at 888-761-7204 for a free case consultation.