It’s a well-known fact that drinking and driving is an epidemic across America. Approximately 29 fatalities occur daily or one death every 50 minutes which result in a national cost of $44 million dollars annually. Drunk driving increases during and on the holidays. And since New Year’s is synonymous with toasting the past farewell, the chances of being involved or even responsible for a drunk driving accident can shoot through the roof if you’re not careful. In fact, over 93 million Americans are expected to drive to a specific destination on New Year’s Eve while over 100 million Americans are expected to travel at least 30 miles from home for the night. So the risks of needing to contact an auto accident attorney are definitely higher. Fortunately, there are some effective and easy solutions for avoiding a drunk driving accident on New Year’s.
Prior to leaving your home for any length of time on New Year’s Eve, make sure you have a solid plan for getting home safely. Enlist a designated driver for the night. You may need to supply them with appetizers and soft drinks all night, but the peace of mind is priceless. If that doesn’t work, use a rideshare app to schedule a ride home at a certain time prior to leaving for the night or ask a friend or loved one to pick you up before you leave. But never get in the car with someone else who has been drinking.
Leave Or Take the Keys
Read the room. If hosting or attending a party and you happen to see someone who’s drunk and heading towards or planning to leave, find a way to take their keys. Planning ahead as the host by having a key bowl or ticket system for keys as guests enter your home or venue is a great way to keep everyone safe. Also, care for yourself as much by giving your keys to a trusted friend or loved one to hide or secure for the night.
Celebrate at Home
Holidays are often for families and New Year’s is included there. While just fewer than 20% of Americans are planning to go to parties or public celebrations, approximately 45% of Americans are planning to celebrate New Year’s with their family. Most of those people will be staying in and celebrating in their own homes. Whether cooking a special meal and wearing silly hats, making special drinks for friends and adult family members, or letting the kids stay up and watch the ball drop celebrating at home can be the perfect way to ring in the New Year.
Report Road Dangers
Hundreds of drunk drivers and many more who have been under the influence and shouldn’t be behind the wheel will be out to ring in the New Year. The decision to drink any amount and still drive comes with major risks such as DUI consequences which average costing a first-time offender anywhere between $7,500 and $10,000. That’s well above the cost of a cab or Uber and still well under the cost of innocent lives. Law enforcement will be vigilant over New Year’s, but they won’t be able to catch everyone. If you see reckless or dangerous driving behavior, report as much as you can to the authorities. Even ask a passenger to take a clear picture of the license plate and road markers. But if you still need legal help, make sure you get connected with the right auto accident attorney.