During the holiday season, the likelihood of drunk drivers being out and about on the streets of Baltimore seems to go up. This is because many people are attending various work and family parties where alcohol is served. Sometimes those party-goers might not have thought about getting a designated driver or maybe they don't consider themselves too intoxicated to drive. This can be a deadly mistake and can lead to serious consequences that no one wants to face, especially around the holidays.
It has long been shown that drinking and driving in Baltimore don’t mix. Alcohol is a substance that slows down the functioning of the brain and can reduce a driver’s reaction times, concentration and vigilance. It can also impair a person’s vision and make it difficult to perform different tasks at one time that driving a vehicle requires. This is why so many people who choose to drink and drive end up causing car accidents.
Head-on crashes involving a motorist driving the wrong way on a highway is an ever growing problem in Maryland. In fact, the National Transportation Safety Board recently undertook a study to learn more about the statistics surrounding these often deadly accidents. It found that in the last few years, close to 12 people in Maryland have been the victim of a car accident involving a head-on collision, and 360 have perished this way across the United States. Wrong way crashes occur most commonly on Friday and Saturday nights, and one in five accidents are fatal. Not surprisingly, 60% of the drivers who cause this type of accident are drunk.