It’s hard to believe that the year is almost over, it may seem like just yesterday you were ringing in 2014 with friends and family. Nevertheless, this Wednesday, New Years Eve will be celebrated all over the country, and that means one thing, parties. With such an abundance of late night get-togethers and drinking on December 31st and January 1st, it’s no surprise that drunk driving accidents, injuries and deaths spike, but there are still many things you can do to help keep yourself safe.
Every year around this time, drivers and passengers around the country lose their lives because of alcohol-related car accidents, and thousands of additional road users suffer serious life altering injuries at the hands of individuals who chose to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. It is this volume of drivers operating their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol and drugs that is to blame for New Years being second only to the Fourth of July when it comes to the deadliest holidays of the year. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Our accident lawyers know how dangerous alcohol related accidents can be, and we want to do everything possible to keep Illinois residents safe this holiday season. No matter what your plans are for the New Years, if they involve alcohol, we urge you to keep the following tips in mind:
Designate a Driver Before Anyone Drinks-When going to a bar or get together, taking a few minutes to make sure everyone in your group is on the same page will allow everyone to have a more enjoyable night, and it will ensure that each person gets home safely. Designate a sober driver to get you home, and make sure they understand their responsibilities. To be clear, the designated driver should not be the person that has consumed the least alcohol; a designated driver should abstain from alcohol for the entire night.
Give the Keys to Someone Sober-Often, a person may believe that they are fine to drive even when others can clearly see otherwise. If you are at a friends house or a gathering, give your keys to someone who you can trust and tell them to return them only when they believe it is safe for you to operate your car.
Stick Together and Watch Out For Friends-As the above tips have already pointed out, there is strength in numbers. Whether you are sober or you have been drinking, you can probably tell when a friend has had too many drinks to drive. If you see a friend attempt to drive home drunk, speak up and confront them about it. They may be angry for a night, but they will thank you for it later.
Our attorneys know how damaging drunk driving crashes can be. We hope that these safety tips will help keep a few more people safe this holiday season, allowing us all to bring in 2015 on a good note.