Celebrate Safely: Don't Drink and Drive on New Year's Eve

It's hard to believe but 2017 is right around the corner. Welcoming the New Year and saying farewell to the old one is cause for celebration and happy gatherings with family and friends. 

Drinking alcoholic beverages has long been a traditional part of many New Year's celebrations. Unfortunately, many people go overboard and drink too much, and correspondingly, incidences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs increases at year-end. A 2007 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report stated that the number of alcohol-related fatal crashes increases significantly in the 2-week period that includes Christmas and New Year's Eve.

And here is a really scary statistic: The average number of fatalities involving an alcohol-impaired driver on U.S. roadways every day is 36, but this number skyrockets to 54 on New Year's Eve - a huge 50% increase!

Excessive drinking at any time is both risky and unhealthy, but combining it with driving creates a recipe for disaster. Don't become a statistic! Here are some precautions you can take as host or partygoer to make this holiday safer: 

  • If you are hosting a party, serve non-alcoholic drinks as well as those with alcohol and make sure to have plenty of food. Put the alcohol away a couple of hours before the party ends. If a guest appears to have had too many, grab the car keys and offer a bed for the night.
  • Take public transportation or a taxi to a party or choose a designated driver who drinks no alcohol.
  • If your driver seems impaired, find alternate transportation.
  • Since 1998, AAA has offered a free tow home on certain holidays including New Year's Eve if you need a safe ride home. These programs called "Tipsy Tow" or "Tow to Go" may be offered in your area. To find out, call your local AAA or check out their Sober Ride website.

Lastly - parents, have a serious and important conversation with your teen driver about the increased dangers on New Year's Eve. Encourage them to call you for a ride if they are uneasy about getting into a car with a driver who has been drinking and give them a "no questions asked" free pass.

During the holiday season, and especially on New Year’s Eve, the chances of being in a drunk-driving accident increase significantly. A car accident involving a drunk driver can result in severe, life-changing injuries and even death. You and your family may face overwhelming expenses for doctors, hospitals, rehabilitation and vehicle and home modifications. Our attorneys will help determine negligence and get you and your family the compensation you deserve.

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