Save Driving Over Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day is May 29th 2017. In addition to being a day of remembrance of those who gave their lives serving in the United States Armed Forces, this national holiday also calls for families and friends to get together over the weekend and bond over good food, the great outdoors, and drinks. While everyone who imbibes is exhorted to drink responsibly and to never drive under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or drive while intoxicated (DWI), we know that not all will heed this warning.
The surge of tourists and Coloradans on the road over Memorial Day weekend calls for a stricter adherence to the laws and an increase in defensive driving. More vehicles on the road means more opportunities for accidents. Be on the lookout for drivers who are exhibiting signs of DUI or DWI:
- Quick acceleration or deceleration
- Weaving or zig-zagging across the road
- Driving anywhere other than on a road designated for vehicles
- Almost striking an object, curb, or vehicle
- Stopping for no reason or erratic braking
- Drifting in and out of traffic lanes
- Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
- Slow response to traffic signals (e.g. sudden stops or delayed starts)
- Straddling the median
- Driving with headlights off at night
- Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
- Turning abruptly or illegally
- Driving into oncoming traffic on the wrong side of the road
Colorado ranks as the 21st worst US state with DUI problems. Over 10,000 people die every year from DUI-related accidents. Be smart and always have a designated driver when you drink. Knowing that you will be on the road with plenty of other cars, there are measures you can take to be a defensive driver and decrease your risk of getting into a car accident:
- Look far ahead. Don’t just pay attention to what’s directly in front of you—scan what lies ahead and prepare in advance.
- Get the big picture. The ultimate goal in driving is to never be caught off guard or surprised by something. Know where each and every vehicle is around you and spot all hazards early and often.
- Have an escape plan. While you may be a great driver, you can’t always predict what other drivers around you will do.
- Maintain proper following distance at all times. At a minimum, you should have at least 2 seconds (3 seconds is better) of drive space between you and the car in front of you—and that is just for dry weather conditions. The minimum distance increases with inclement weather.
- Reduce distractions. These days it seems cars have all the bells and whistles: CD players, Bluetooth, satellite radio, touch screens, GPS navigation, cell phone mounts, charging stations, etc. Remember: Distracted driving is akin to drunk driving.
Even with all these precautions and preventative measures, it is impossible to eliminate all accidents. The advocates at Bachus & Schanker, LLC are trained professionals who take your cases seriously when it comes to defending your rights after an accident. Do not hesitate to give them a call if you or a loved one is involved in a collision.
Study ranks Colorado as 21st worst state with DUI problems
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