The holidays should be a time of celebration and warmth. If you are excited for the upcoming holidays in Florida, you do need to stay extra alert on the roads. According to AAA about 112 million people travel throughout the US over the holiday. This can lead to congested roadways and difficult driving conditions. To make matters worse, holiday parties can often provide the road with more drunk drivers.

The US Department of Transportation states that about 300 people die in the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Already, drunk driving makes up a large percentage of car fatalities. About one fourth of all fatalities involve alcohol. In 2016, there were 781 drunk driving crashes in just the month of December. This makes it more crucial to practice safe driving habits over the holidays.

During the holidays, the police put forth efforts to decrease drunk driving by increasing their presence on the roads. In addition, many law enforcement agencies attempt to remind drivers of the risks of drunk driving with billboards and ads that warn of the consequences. While law enforcement plays its roles and the National Highway Traffic Administration has campaigns to decrease drunk driving, the driver has to play a role also.

Drivers should never drink and drive. If you plan to attend holiday parties, always attend with a designated driver in mind. If you do not have a designated driver, you should consider abstaining from alcohol during the event. If you do plan to drink, you should make plans either to stay there or to call for transportation.