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Safety Tips for Drivers - New Year's Eve

The holiday season means food, family, fun and celebration for many in our nation. Unfortunately for some people, a great night may suddenly turn tragic while celebrating. In America, 2-3 times more people die in alcohol-related crashes during the holidays, and the annual peak of drunk driving is steadily approaching—New Year's Eve.

New Year's Eve is one of the most dangerous days of the year for drunk driving on our nation's roadways. What's worse is even if you do take the proper precautions before hitting the road, the risk of sharing the road with a drunk driver is still substantially higher on New Year's Eve due to other people drinking and driving.

If you are hosting a New Year's Eve party, the following are a few simple rules that could help to prevent a serious incident:

  • Encourage you guests to designate a designated driver.
  • Serve alternative, non-alcoholic beverages to your guests.
  • Provide a transportation alternative, such as Uber or Lyft. Both companies offer gift rides as a way to get guests safely home from a party.
  • Don't be afraid to take the keys from a friend who has had a few too many.

On the other hand, if you are attending a New Year's Eve party or celebration, there are a number of things that you can do to stay safe as well:

  • Always try to plan ahead. If you're going to drink, having a plan for getting home can help to keep you and your loved ones safe.
  • If you have had one too many, have a friend or family member pick you up. Of course public transportation, taxi services and/or Uber are also great options.
  • Worst case scenario; stay where you are until you sober up. A night on the couch of a friend is much better than putting yourself and others at risk.

Many people will not be drinking this holiday season. With that in mind, there are a number of everyday precautions that one should continue to take. The following tips from CDC's Injury Center on motor vehicle safety can help you protect yourself, your passengers, and your family and friends:

  • Whenever you're on the road this holiday season, remember to always buckle up. Wearing your seat belt can reduce your risk of dying in a crash by about half. Also, make sure your young passengers are buckled into appropriate safety seats. The safest place for children of any age to ride is properly restrained in the back seat. Data show that child safety seats reduce the risk of death in car crashes by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers ages one to four.

This holiday season, and all year long, keep safety in mind whenever you're on the road. Whether you're headed around town, out of town, or out to celebrate, we wish you a safe holiday season. If you or your loved ones were involved in a DWI/DUI car accident, contact Atlanta personal injury attorney David Thomas at the Thomas Law Firm at (678) 264-8348.

Happy New Year!

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