Celebrating the holiday season with friends and family should be a happy time of year for all. However, sometimes the holidays are blighted by someone choosing to get behind the wheel after drinking. Make sure to keep your holiday season merry, by avoiding a Christmas DUI/DWI charge. 

Driving under the influence of an illegal substance is a considerable problem across the nation. Drunk driving and drugged driving are even more of a major concern during the holiday season. According to holiday DUI statistics from the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “during the New Year’s and Christmas periods in 2020, there were 209 drunk-driving-related fatalities. These deaths were 100% preventable. In 2020, there were 11,654 people killed nationwide in drunk-driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third of the crash fatalities that year.” Furthermore, the NHTSA conducted a study  from 2019 and 2021 by which it was discovered that drug-impaired driving, specifically by THC found in marijuana, also tends to be a significant problem.

More Drunk Driving Statistics

  • In 2021, there were 25,411 traffic crashes in Texas that were alcohol-related DUIs, resulting in 1,125 fatalities and 2,564 serious injuries.
  • These accounted for 5% of all traffic crashes.
  • Drunk driving crashes were a major cause of death on Texas roads, with one person dying every 7 hours and 47 minutes.
  • In 2021, 25% of all traffic fatalities in Texas were DUI-alcohol related.


There are several strategies you can use to stay safe on the road this holiday season. You should always take the time to consider and plan for travel to and from holiday activities and events. Here are three basic tips:

  1. Plan ahead: Before you go out, choose a designated driver or make arrangements for a sober ride.
  2. Watch out for others: If you know someone who has been drinking, suggest options for safe transportation.
  3. Know the law: Familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations regarding drunk or drugged driving so you can avoid breaking the law.

Of course, the best way to avoid being stopped and charged with a Texas DUI/DWI is to never use impairing substances before driving. But if you do choose to do so, make sure not to drive while under the influence. A DUI/DWI can have tragic consequences: your life and the lives of others depend on you making a responsible choice.

It is important to never operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as it can put yourself and others at risk of injury or death. Further, a DUI/DWI offense can have other consequences, from significant fines to jail time to the loss of one’s driver’s license. This holiday season, make safe transportation arrangements in case you attend any events where you might choose to use impairing substances.

Contact Law Maverick Brian Erskine.

If you or someone you love is charged in Austin with a Christmas DUI/DWI, you should seek out professional legal representation from a reputable and experienced criminal defense attorney who is familiar with DUI/DWI cases, like Brian Erskine of Erskine Law. The legal team at Erskine Law is committed to helping clients in Austin, Texas and the surrounding area. For a free consultation and more information about the legal services available from the knowledgeable and skilled team at Erskine Law, contact Law Maverick Brian Erskine.