The roads of South Carolina are sure to be wet this holiday season. Maybe not in the sense of rain or snow, but surely in the sense of wet vs. dry in alcohol parlance. From eggnog laced with whiskey served at open houses to free-flowing drinks at office party open bars, alcohol will be a part of many a holiday celebration. And then some folks who are filled with liquid Christmas cheer will get in their vehicles and try to navigate the highways.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drunk driving accidents will injure or kill 728 people each day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, a rate two to three times higher than the rest of the year. The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that 40 percent of traffic-related deaths during Christmas and New Year’s involve drunk drivers.