According to AAA, roughly 3.4 million Texans will travel by car for Thanksgiving. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is typically the busiest travel day of the year. Many police departments are busy as well – looking for drunk drivers on the roads.

Two Thanksgivings ago, 20 people were killed on Texas’s roads by drunk drivers over the Thanksgiving weekend. It’s been estimated that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the biggest night for drinking all year. Many liquor stores are stocking up for Thanksgiving, which is in many cases the busiest time of the year.

If you are travelling around Dallas over the Thanksgiving weekend, stay safe. If you plan to drink, make a plan so that you are not in a position where you feel forced to drive. Take a designated driver with you, ask your host to call a cab or Uber for you, or plan to spend the night where your party is. If you are a host, you have a duty to your guests, as well as to other drivers on the roads, to ensure that you do not allow guests to leave under the influence of alcohol, even if you have to take their keys away.

A drunk driving arrest costs far more than your court fees and attorney’s expenses. You will likely have a criminal record that will haunt you for years, and your automobile insurance premiums are likely to skyrocket. More importantly, you could seriously injure or even kill yourself or an innocent party in an accident.

If you have been involved in an accident involving a drunk driver in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you need to take steps to protect your legal rights. You should speak with an attorney right away who can make sure that you are protected. Call the Plano drunk driving accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.