2017 is coming to a close, and what a year it has been! But it’s time to say out with the old, and in with the new. But as you plan for a big night out (or in!) with your friends and family, you should also be aware: New Year’s is one of the most dangerous days of the year.
Between Christmas and New Year’s, it is estimated that nearly 95 million Americans will hit the road with friends and family. And drunk driving is a huge problem around New Year’s. Nearly one-half of all fatal car accidents on New Year’s involve alcohol.
As you prepare for one of the year’s biggest celebrations, you should make preparations to keep you, your family and your friends safe. Here is a short list of tips that can keep you out of trouble so you can start 2018 with a bang.
- It goes without saying but bears repeating: don’t drink and drive. This simple piece of advice is drilled into most people from youth, but sadly, people still disavow it, especially around the holidays. Before you head out for the night, plan ahead. Designate a responsible, sober driver, download a ridesharing app on your phone or plot out public transit for the night.
- Try to avoid the roads between 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. These are peak hours for traffic during New Year’s Eve and as such, peak hours for drunk driving, car accidents and pedestrian accidents.
- Keep close to your loved ones and look out for them. Make sure they pace themselves, alternate alcoholic drinks with water and eat food. If a situation arises that seems uncomfortable or dangerous, remove yourself and your friends from the situation.
- If you plan on shooting fireworks, remember: never shoot off fireworks while inebriated. Follow all directions carefully and brush up on New Jersey’s fireworks laws.
Stay safe and have an amazing New Year’s celebration, New Jersey!