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Going Out or Staying in? How to Avoid Drunk Driving Crashes on New Year’s Eve

If you noticed a rise in the number of drunk driving deaths this past New Year’s, you’re not alone. In many major cities across the U.S., the 12-hour period between 6:00 p.m. on December 31 and 6:00 a.m. on January 1 sees a spike in New Year’s drunk driving crashes—in some cases, an increase of 80 percent of accidents in which driver impairment is cited as a factor.

Although New Year’s Eve may be behind us for another year, there are still plenty of drinking holidays on the horizon—including Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day—and the threat of a drunk driving accident is always present on the roads. Here are a few tips from Mothers Against Drunk Driving to keep you safe whether you’re going out or staying in while entertaining:

If You Are Planning on Drinking Away from Home

  • Choose a DD – Before going out, designate a non-drinking driver that can take everyone in your party home.
  • Plan ahead – Enter the numbers of several local cab services into your phone before leaving, or even a nearby hotel in case a friend is thinking of driving a long distance home.
  • Don’t ride – Never get into a car with a driver who has been drinking.
  • Don’t walk! – Many intoxicated pedestrians are struck by drivers. A bus, taxi, or sober friend is always safer than walking alone after drinking. If you must walk, find a sober friend to escort you.

How to Encourage Responsible Drinking at a Party

  • Offer “mocktails” – If you have alcohol at the party, make sure you provide designated drivers with non-alcoholic options such as soda or flavored waters.
  • Feed your guests – Offering food along with drinks will encourage your guests not to drink on an empty stomach. Even snacks such as chips or cheese and crackers will help prevent overindulging.
  • Be prepared – Write the numbers of local taxi services on your refrigerator and be ready to offer your sofa or spare room to a guest who is not fit to drive home.

If someone you know would benefit from these tips, please send them a link to this article or share it with them on Facebook. Your helping hand could save a life this year!

To speak with an attorney about your New Year’s drunk driving crash, call Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. today at 877-360-0183 to find out how much compensation you may receive for your suffering. Your call is free, and we do not charge you anything unless we win your case.


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