Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It has evolved over the years into a popular celebration, especially among young adults, of Mexican heritage and culture. Often the festivities include beer, Margaritas, and Tequila. Unfortunately, many partygoers drink alcohol and drive drunk – unnecessarily risking their lives and the lives of others. In fact, Cinco de Mayo has regrettably become a deadly holiday.
If you plan on drinking alcohol as part of your Cinco de Mayo celebration, the most important safety tip is to plan ahead to ensure you arrive home safely. You can:
-Designate a sober driver before the party begins
-Use public transportation or a cab to get you home Download NHTSA’s new free SaferRide app on your phone to pinpoint your Indianapolis drunk driving accident attorney location and help you call a friend or local taxi to pick you up.
-Take away the keys of someone you know who is alcohol-impaired and help them arrange alternative transportation.
-Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) suggests that if you don’t plan on drinking during Cinco de Mayo, you can still be on the lookout for drunk drivers and also take safety steps when you encounter a drunk driver.