Stay Safe this Cinco de Mayo

Stay Safe this Cinco de MayoThe month of May might make you think of spring flowers and an end to what has felt like a really long winter, but it also signals a special day each year when the margaritas flow and Mexican celebrations hit high gear. Cinco de Mayo is on May 5th, and although it’s a wonderful day to kick back and have fun, it’s also a great time to plan ahead and choose a designated driver.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show a spike in drinking and driving around the Cinco de Mayo holiday. During a four-year period from 2007 to 2011, 38% of motor vehicle fatalities occuring around May 5th involved drinking and driving. In 2011 alone, 35% of traffic fatalities resulted from a driver who had a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, and nearly 80% of those driving under the influence had nearly twice the legal limit of .15.

This Cinco de Mayo, plan ahead and ensure you have a designated driver behind the wheel. That way, when someone offers you tequila, you’ll be able to accept knowing you have a safe ride home, not to mention you won’t have to worry about the consequences for yourself, and others, of drunk driving.