The holiday season is the time of the year when most of us take some time off work to be with the ones we love.
It’s during this time that drivers face harsher driving conditions and longer driving routines. With the holiday festivities, drivers are often caught in traffic due to accidents or simply because weather conditions make roads less safe.
But there are other factors that have historically been associated with higher crash rates during the holiday season: Intoxicated driving.
According to the Washington State Patrol, Washington residents who decide to drink and drive this holiday season will be the target of the special holiday operation underway. In order to make sure everybody’s holiday is going smoothly, WSP troopers and others from other law enforcement agencies will be conducting extra DUI patrols across the Evergreen state. Officials say they won’t tolerate having drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol operating a vehicle during the holiday season.
From 2011 to 2015, the number of fatalities associated with crashes caused by drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol increased from 78 to 146. In five years, the increase was considerable, which prompted officials to act. If you’re impaired while driving this holiday season, you will be pulled over and arrested. Do not put your life or the lives of others in danger. Have a driver who’s sober ready to take on the responsibility of operating the vehicle or use another service such as ride-sharing or a taxi cab.
Also, avoid distracted driving.
With so many families traveling during the holiday season, many drivers will be distracted by their loved ones, by the navigation system, or by their phones. Make sure you take precautions so distractions won’t expose you to any risks while traveling home for Christmas.
For more on how the WSP is hoping to ensure drivers are safe this holiday, follow this link.