Many Americans confuse Cinco de Mayo as Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture. Every year, on May 5, Miami and the surrounding areas celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some of the best parties and events. While this year’s festivities will surely be a great time, if you are celebrating Cinco de Mayo, please get home safely and if you’ve been drinking, don’t get behind the wheel! According to the NHSA, nearly 1/3 of all U.S. car accident deaths involve drunk drivers. If you plan on attending a few parties where drinks will be served, read on for some tips on how to avoid and deal with drunk driving on Cinco de Mayo.
Appoint a Designated Driver: Always choose a non-drinking designated driver — every time you go out. This means that the designated driver should not have any alcohol during the time that you’re out. This person must be completely sober and aware of their surroundings when taking you and your friends’ home.
Call a Cab, Uber, or Lyft: If you don’t have your car with you, you can guarantee that you won’t make the choice to drive it home. Why not choose uber, lyft, or a cab as a way to get a safe ride home this Cinco de mayo?
Be a Responsible Host: If you’re hosting your own Cinco de mayo party, plan ahead to make sure all of your guests have a designated driver or have some method of getting home or even let them stay the night if necessary.
Report Drunk Drivers: If you see signs of drunk driving while you’re out on the road, or if you see an intoxicated person getting behind the wheel of a car, report them. Police officers say there are several signs associated with drinking and driving. Look for drivers making wide turns, swerving and weaving in and out of lanes, driving extremely slowly or braking erratically.
If you or a loved one is injured while being involved in a car accident, you may be entitled to pursue a personal injury claim. The car accident lawyers at Suarez & Montero can guide you through the process because we have experience and we are extremely dedicated to our clients. Our mission is to guard our client’s rights and obtain the highest compensation and medical care for our clients.
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