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Safety Tips for New Year’s Eve Festivities

New Year’s Eve is about celebrating the anticipation of the New Year and starting fresh. However, a good time can turn into tragedy quickly if proper precautions aren’t taken.

Every year, nearly 10,000 people are killed in drunk driving crashes, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). The risk of sharing the road with a drunk driver is even higher on holidays like New Year’s because of the amount of celebrations. In fact, New Year’s is the most dangerous day of the year for drunk driving on our nation’s roadways.

Work together with your friends and families to have a safe New Year’s Eve by following these simple tips:

If You’re Heading Out to a Party

• Make sure you designate a driver, whether it be a local cab service or a friend or loved one who does not plan on drinking that night.

• Considering hiring a shuttle of limo to take you and your friends to all of your destinations for the evening.

• Arrange of a hotel to stay at if need be.

If You’re Planning a Party

• Plan activities that don’t involve heavy drinking.

• Make sure to put our plenty of filling food and go light on the salty snacks that make people more thirsty.

• Serve non-alcoholic beverages like water or soda along with your alcoholic beverages.

• As guests RSVP or arrive, confirm that they have a safe ride home.

• When guests are leaving, make sure that no one is under the influence before getting behind the wheel.

• Have numbers for taxis available.

• Have a guest room or couches available to those who are too drunk to drive home.

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy New Year!