Use Caution at Holiday Parties this Season Warns Personal Injury Law Firm, Anapol Schwartz

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December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, and the Anapol Schwartz law firm is promoting vigilance to combat the skyrocketing percentage of traffic fatalities involving impaired drivers.

“As people enjoy holiday parties this year, some will forget that even slightly intoxicated driving endangers not only themselves, but everyone else on the road.”

An irresponsible drive after an evening of celebration this holiday season can lead to tragedy. December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, a movement to combat the skyrocketing percentage of traffic fatalities involving an impaired driver during the so-called happiest time of the year.*

This awareness campaign provides a great reminder for drivers to think responsibly before getting behind the wheel this season, as Christmas and New Year holidays have up to three times more deaths in alcohol-related crashes than during the rest of the year.* Add to that winter’s hazardous road conditions and drug-related crash fatalities, and holiday travel can be a potentially life-threatening task.

“As people enjoy holiday parties this year, some will forget that even slightly intoxicated driving endangers not only themselves, but everyone else on the road,” said Anapol Schwartz auto accident attorney James Ronca. “Too many people lose loved ones during this season because of someone else's selfish mistake.”

This recklessness not only involves drunk driving, but also drugged driving. Even drugs prescribed by a physician can impair judgment behind the wheel, so responsible decision-making before driving or riding as a passenger is crucial, especially when drug use is apparent.**

Debunking myths about impaired driving and planning ahead will help prevent accidents this season, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urges. Drivers must remember that critical skills such as reaction time are weakened long before a person shows physical signs of intoxication.* To keep a holiday celebration from turning into a deadly crash, Ronca says, everyone should make safe travel plans in advance safely and stick to them.

Founded in 1977, Anapol Schwartz is a civil justice law firm with 20 attorneys. The firm has law offices in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa., as well as in Cherry Hill, N.J. and Scottsdale, Ariz. The firm has represented clients in many personal injury matters, such as defective medical devices, dangerous drugs and medical negligence.

*pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/RethinkHoliday/NIAAA_NYE_Fact_Sheet_2011.pdf
**whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/12/01/presidential-proclamation-national-impaired-driving-prevention-month

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