We hope everyone is enjoying the holidays (and maybe some time off?) this week. As we approach New Year's, we wanted to give our readers some tips to make it a safe one.
Many view this time of year as a time to reconnect with family and friends, to celebrate recent successes, and to drink and eat! Sadly, however, drunk driving incidents become all too common around this time of the year too - with the Fourth of July topping the list. In fact, more than 30 people are injured in drunk driving related accidents each day in the United States! Therefore, please read the following common sense tips to ensure that you are not just another unfortunate statistic this holiday season.
TIP 1: FIND A DESIGNATED DRIVER
It may be the oldest rule in the books, but it is a good one. If you are going to be out drinking, please ask one of your friends to refrain from drinking for the night. Promise to be the DD when you get together next time. A sober friend will also be able to look out for you at the bar in case you have a little too much to drink.
TIP 2: TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION (OR AN UBER)
If you cannot find a designated driver, take the public transportation (or call an Uber/taxi and split the costs with your friends). The MBTA is running on a modified weekday schedule for New Year's Eve. The Red, Orange, Blue, and Green Lines will be running until 2 a.m. Call a taxi or ride sharing service if crowded trains on NYE are not your thing. Just do not drink and drive yourself!
TIP 3: MOCKTAILS
Alcohol does not need to be the only beverage option. Perhaps social hosts can prepare mocktails for those who do not want to drink the night (year) away. Mocktails allow non-drinkers feel like they are apart of the party. Who knows? A mocktail may be enough to convince a friend to be the DD for the night?
TIP 4: FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS DRIVE DRUNK
The AdCouncil campaign slogan - "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk" - rings true. If you see someone who had too much to drink go for their keys, stop them. Call them a taxi instead. He or she may be upset with you at the time (especially if they had a lot to drink), but they will thank you when they sober up.
TIP 5: IF YOU SEE IMPAIRED DRIVING, REPORT IT
If you see someone crossing the double yelllow line on New Year's Eve or is driving in an otherwise obviously impaired manner, please take down their license plate and call the police. The authorities will already be vigilant on Thursday night, but they cannot physically be everywhere. Make their jobs easier if you spot an impaired driver. But keep your distance. Don't honk and beep in an attempt to pull them over yourself. Leave that to the trained professionals. You may ruin someone's night, but you may just save a life.
That's all for now.
We hope you have a happy, healthy, and safe New Year! Here's to 2016!