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While New Years Eve is meant for fun, family and friends celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of another with a few drinks, it becomes more dangerous on the roads due to drunk/impaired driving. At any major holiday or event, the chances of drunk drivers increase on the roads, be safe during these times. Alcohol changes your judgement, depth perception as well as vital motor skills needed for you to be able to operate your vehicle correctly and safely.

When your senses are dulled and you are no longer in full control of your vehicle, you become a danger on the road to other drivers, pedestrians, possible passengers and yourself. Stay sober when behind the wheel to be fully coherent and aware of your surroundings to ensure a safe ride home.

Here are some tips to avoid drinking and driving for you and others:

Have a Designated Driver (DD)

Having one sober friends, parent or family member to drive you to and from is always a safe and most often the easiest choice.

Ask for a ride

If there is someone you know getting a ride, ask for a ride as well.

Take a Cab / Uber

With taxis or different taxi services readily available on smartphones, you can call or order a ride home.

Plan ahead

Have a plan of how you are getting to the event and how you will get back before you leave.

When you are throwing a party, some safety tips can be:



Offer guests plenty of non-alcoholic beverages

Not every drink needs to be alcohol, offer water, juice or other alternatives for people to drink.

Serve plenty of food

Drinking on an empty stomach allows alcohol to pass through the stomach very quickly which then it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Allow food to slow down the process and reduce the amount of alcohol affecting you and your guests systems.

Arrange alternate transportation

Be prepared to call cabs, or arrange for others to get home safely. Or if it comes down to it, allow them to stay the night.

Detecting drunk drivers:

Some signs associated with with driving drunk could be:

Making wide turns

Weaving, swerving drifting or straddling the center line

Almost striking an object or vehicle

Driving on the wrong side of the road,

Driving at a very slow speed or very fast speed

Stopping without cause

Braking erratically

Responding slowly to traffic

Turning abruptly or illegally

Driving after dark with their headlights out

 

Pull over and report drivers you suspect to be drinking and driving by calling 9-1-1. Be safe on the road.
When it comes to driving drunk, there is no safe way to do it. There are no “good” drunk drivers who drive better while under the influence. Below are links to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to learn more about the statistics of drunk driving and how it can affect a family. Drive responsibly.

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