Laissez les bon temps roulez! It’s that time of year again when Galvestonians and tourists alike take to the streets to celebrate Mardi Gras, which culminates on Fat Tuesday, February 13.
Whether you and your family are out in the thick of it this year or staying far away from the festivities, this time of year raises the risk of auto accidents. Below are some considerations to keep in mind when making Mardi Gras plans.
There will be drinking
Galveston Mardi Gras celebrations don’t reach the fever pitch of Bourbon Street in New Orleans (which is kind of the point), but there will be drinking. That means participants need to have a sober driver along for the ride home. Other alternatives include making reservations for an overnight venue near the party route.
Be mindful of drunken drivers
As you’re headed home after a long day of parading and live music, pay close attention to other drivers on the roads around you. An intoxicated driver affects the safety of everyone else in proximity to them. If you see a car weaving or running off the side of the road, stay well away from it until you can safely report it to the Texas authorities.
Avoid trouble in crowds
Whether you are there with a couple of friends or the whole family, retain situational awareness in large groups and be ready to leave if you see anyone getting aggressive or an argument escalating.
If you get into an accident
While it may spoil your Carnival celebrations, a collision with an at-fault driver doesn’t have to ruin your life. Learning more about the personal injury and liability laws here in Texas can help you decide on the path forward.