Louisiana is known for its love of celebrations and these celebrations often involve enjoying alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, it seems that people may not be respecting the need to drink responsibly by finding safe ways home such as identifying a designated driver or using ridesharing services, especially during the holidays.
According to data reported by The Advocate, alcohol was a noted factor in more than two out of three vehicular fatalities in Louisiana over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays between 2013 and 2017. During these five years, 139 people died in traffic accidents during these holiday periods. Of those, 99 people were killed at the hands of drunk drivers. Looking at last year alone, 60 percent of the auto accident deaths over Christmas and New Year’s were attributed to alcohol.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that alcohol consumption among drivers is a serious problem throughout the year in Louisiana. Between 2013 and 2017, drunk drivers were involved in 1,162 deaths in vehicle crashes. Alcohol claimed between 28 percent and 33 percent of all accident fatalities every year during that five-year period.
Clearly, enough people in Louisiana are not getting the message that driving after drinking alcohol is dangerous. This can be a challenge for people who do the right thing and want to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from negligent drivers. It is important that anyone involved in an accident involving a drunk driver proactively pursue justice as part of the larger effort to continue to impress upon others the need to put away their keys if they are going to drink.