Houston’s Car Accident Issues After the World Series
Houston is going to be celebrating for a while now. The Astros have won their first World Series, and the city is getting a well-deserved bit of partying in after a very tough year. No one is going to begrudge the city for throwing the biggest end of the year party ever for a sports team. No one will judge us for drawing that party out for more than a week or two. At this point, we’ve got a free pass.
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be on guard about our behavior. Partying is great, but when people party, and party, and party, there’s always a greater risk of someone getting hurt.
Particularly, we need to worry about drinking and driving, and the accidents that habit causes.
I say habit because it can become a habit, particularly when things get festive for longer than a weekend or so.
Texas already has a drunk driving problem. It ranks among the top states for the practice already. According to the CDC, whereas the national average is 1.9% for drivers who report having recently driven drunk, 2.1% of Texans report the same. Stunningly, with the rate of deaths by age for 100,000 people, at the age of 21-34, Texas scores 10 per 100,000, almost double the national average of 6.1 per 100,000. And that was before the Astros won the World Series.
Texas has an issue with driving and accidents. It’s a dangerous state to be on the road, without a doubt. And now, with excessive celebration heading into the most festive period of the year, that danger is all the greater.
Also, keep in mind, our infrastructure is not what it was before Harvey. Roads have been under great strain after all that flooding. Under equal strain are the police and fire departments, as well as the hospitals, which have all had to deal with a great deal this year already. Now, with resources depleted and workers exhausted, they will be forced to work all the harder to keep people as safe as possible.
So, congratulations Houston, you have earned a good time after the tough year. No one would take that away from you, but it may be worthwhile to try to act a little more responsibly than normal when indulging in the celebrations. The city has a right to party, but it also needs to be able to look after itself, and for all of us to look after one another.
If Harvey has done anything positive, it’s shown that nothing can beat Houston, especially when we all work together. We can all work together again to make sure everyone has a good time, celebrates, and still stays safe. Doing that will not just save lives, it’ll save resources, and keep the end of the year happy and free of sadness for all of us.