Help Keep New Year's Happy By Not Drinking & Driving

The New Year's holiday is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. Partiers who think they can get home after having a few drinks can easily ruin their own lives and the lives of others when it turns out they can't.

Texas ranks 7th for number of drunk driving deaths on New Year's Eve according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to statistics, some 44 people lost their lives during the New Year's Holiday in Texas alone. Another 171 were seriously injured, and over 4,000 had their New Year's holiday otherwise ruined due to drunk drivers.

Each year, the message is the same: Don't drink and drive. If you do have some drinks, get a cab or a ride share to take you home. Check around. There are often great deals and even free rides offered on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

But, maybe the best take on holiday drinking and driving comes from a Pennsylvania State University article written a few years ago titled: 10 Times It's Totally Okay To Drive Drunk On New Year's.

(Hint. The answer is "Never.")

We hope you have a great New Year's. Please stay safe out there.

Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

The statistics have been clear for many years now. The night of New Year's Eve and morning of New Year's Day are some of the most dangerous times to be on the road. Most years, drunk driving related accidents spike by 70% or more during the early morning hours of New Year's day. Each year upwards of 120 people lose their lives over the holiday season related drunk driving crashes. Understandably, it is also one of the most dangerous times of the year for pedestrians. Some 20 pedestrians will likely die this New Year's by being hit by a vehicle.

Fortunately, these statistics don't have to be this high. In Tyler, we have several options that can let you have an enjoyable holiday while keeping yourself and others safe.

  • We have multiple quality cab companies in Tyler that will be glad to help you or your friends or family members home safely. Often times they even offer discounts or even free rides to help keep people safe during the New Year's holiday.
  • This New Year also marks the first time Tyler has had Uber operating in town. Like with a cab company, booking a ride home with Uber is a great way to have fun and then get home safe.
  • Another good option is to plan your celebrations in a way designed to keep you and your guests off the roads, especially during the overnight hours.
  • Finally, if you need to be on the road this New Year's Eve, take extra care to watch out for erratic drivers and please don't contribute to the problem by drinking and driving yourself.

We hope you'll stay safe this holiday season and have a great new year. It's important to note that each year, we advise all who are drinking during the holiday season to utilize the local Tyler taxi service, or an Uber.

Happy New Year!

Be safe and have a prosperous 2018 from all of us at Martin Walker Law.

Ways To Stay Safe On The Road This New Year

While their are fewer overall driving deaths on New Years Eve and New Years Day than on some other holidays, the hours between 6pm on Dec 31st and 6am on Jan 1st are one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. The combination of holiday travel, late night parties, and alcohol push the number of crashes and driving related deaths during that period far higher than almost any other night of the year.
There are any number of statistics out there about how dangerous New Years driving is. You can find a good summary of the reasons not to be on the road during New Years here.
So, what's the best way to stay safe during the New Years holiday?

  • Don't drive unless you have to. Play it smart and stay off the roads.
  • Consider using a designated driver, cab service, or ride sharing service if do need to get somewhere, especially if you are coming home from a New Years party.
  • Above all, if you must drive this New Years, don't drive drunk.

From all of us at Martin Walker, P.C., we hope you have happy and safe new year.

Happy Thanksgiving

We want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Martin Walker Law.