New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest party days of the year, second only to the 4th of July. Every bar is chock full of college students, regulars, and townies. Every household has at least one bottle of wine open, while serious partiers can have numerous kegs, cases of wine, and a plethora of cocktail mixers—all in preparation for the celebratory ball drop. Unfortunately, with all the time spent planning for the party, very little thought is given to what happens afterwards. This lack of planning all too often ends in tragedy as thousands of drunk drivers hit the roads.
Protect Yourself From Risk Of DUI Injuries
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 50% of all New Year’s Day car accidents are caused by one of the drivers being intoxicated. In addition to the increased risk, an estimated 30,000 people will be injured or killed as a result of these accidents. This makes New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day two of the most dangerous driving days throughout the year, nationwide.
Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to help decrease your risks and protect your family. These precautions include:
- Always designate a sober driver to make sure you and your passengers arrive home safely.
- Have access to a cab service’s telephone number just in case you drink one too many or need to go home before you have sufficient time to filter out your alcohol intake.
- Arrange a hotel stay for you and your friends so no one needs to decide to drive home impaired.
- Take your friend’s car keys if he has had too much to drink.
- Do not get into a car with an impaired driver.
- Make sure your driver has consumed enough food before going out to prevent him from drinking on an empty stomach.Better yet, choose a driver who is not going to drink at all.
- Pay extra attention to other drivers while driving home; if they appear to be making erratic movements or you believe them to be drunk, increase your distance and try to avoid getting near them.
- Make sure you allow adequate stopping time between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you in case of potential crashes.
- Know your risks to promote safe and thoughtful decision making.
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