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New Years Eve: The Most Dangerous Time on the Road

New Year’s Eve is a fun time to ring in the new year with family and friends, however, according to SafeAuto.com, “there are 71% more crashes with drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor between December 31st at 6 pm and January 1st at 6 am”. On this night, a large number of people are consuming alcohol, and some getting behind the wheel, making it one of the most dangerous nights of the year for drivers on the road. In fact, on most days 28 people in America die in a drunk driving related crash, however, on New Year’s Day in 2013, 140 individuals were killed in accidents that were alcohol-related. As you can see, drunk driving on this holiday specifically is a huge issue, as it claims many innocent lives.

With that said, there are things you can do to avoid causing an alcohol-related accident or to avoid being involved in one. The following are some tips to help you safely ring in the New Year.

  • Before going out, designate a driver in your group to stay sober and get the group home safely.
  • Utilize a ride-sharing app like Uber or Lyft to drive you home.
  • If possible, spend the night at friend or relative’s home to avoid getting behind the wheel.
  • Never allow a friend or family member to get behind the wheel if they have been drinking.
  • If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party, arrange transportation for all your guests or allow guests to stay the night. If someone from your party is involved in an alcohol-related collision, the host could be held responsible.
  • If an individual appears to be impaired, hide their keys so they cannot get behind the wheel.
  • Call a friend or family member for a ride.
  • Immediately call the police if you see or suspect an impaired driver on the road.

It is imperative that you plan ahead on New Year’s Eve in order to stay safe and avoid becoming another statistic. However, being involved in an alcohol-related accident is not always avoidable, as the actions of other drivers on the road can compromise your safety. At Spiros Law P.C., we believe that drunk drivers pose a serious threat to society, and we are committed to working to help people who have been the victims to the accidents they cause. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, contact the drunk driving victim attorneys of Spiros Law P.C. at (815) 929-9292.