- Update: The St. Patrick’s Day revelry is now over, but that won’t give people a reason not to celebrate other occasions with a good beer at other times of the year – and perhaps make a bad decision to get behind the wheel…
This weekend, people all across South Carolina will be out celebrating. Many will be wearing green and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, others will be kicking off a spring vacation, and still others may just be happy that a long week is over.
Whatever the reasons for celebration may be, festivities could involve drinking. And unfortunately, this means the risk of drunk drivers on the road could be higher than usual. As such, we encourage readers of this blog to use caution behind the wheel this weekend.
Don’t drive drunk
One of the best ways to stay safe on South Carolina roads is to not drive after drinking. Even if you think you can drive just fine, you may be more impaired than you think. And as the U.S. Department of Transportation reminds us, buzzed driving is drunk driving.
People who do drive drunk could be at an increased risk of getting pulled over during weekends like this one, as law enforcement agencies routinely ramp up enforcement efforts to combat higher numbers of intoxicated drivers. To avoid an arrest – and a devastating accident – be sure to find a sober ride home.
Signs of impairment in others
Signs of intoxication include:
- Slurred speech
- Red, glassy eyes
- Difficulty balancing
- Making reckless decisions
- Speeding or swerving through traffic
- Erratic behavior
If you see signs of impairment in other motorists, steer clear of them on the road. If you are with someone who shows signs of intoxication, make a concerted effort to ensure they don’t drive.
Getting help after a crash
If you do get into an accident with a suspected drunk driver, call 911 and report the accident. If you are able, make sure to get any information you can about the other driver, especially considering drunk drivers might leave the scene of an accident.
Unfortunately, accidents happen when people make the decision to drive drunk. If you have been injured in such an accident, you can discuss the legal remedies available with an attorney.
Call 803-888-2200 for a free consultation
The car accident lawyers of Cavanaugh & Thickens work in Columbia and represent injured clients throughout South Carolina. Call us (or contact us online) for a free consultation.