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How to Celebrate the New Year Safely
By MADD | December 30, 2013| 6 Comments | Filed in: Drugged Driving , Drunk Driving

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Each year, more than 10,000 people are killed in drunk driving crashes and the risk of sharing the road with a drunk driver is even higher on holidays, like New Year’s. In fact, New Year’s Day is the most dangerous day of the year for drunk driving on our nation’s roadways.

On New Year’s Day in 2012 – after the midnight toasts – 70 people were killed in drunk driving crashes nationwide, representing over half of all traffic fatalities.

Together, we can make this holiday, and every day, safe for traveling. Please use these tips to plan a safe New Year’s celebration for everyone:

Going out?

  • Designate a non-drinking driver to make sure you—and everyone with you—arrive home safely.
  • Save the number of a local cab service in your phone prior to heading out, consider hiring a shuttle or limousine service to transport you and your friends to and from your event, or arrange a hotel stay for you and your friends on the evening of the event so no one drives home impaired.
  • Don’t get in a car with someone who has been drinking.

Planning a party?

  • Plan activities like party games or door prizes. Planned activities engage people, make for less active consumption of alcohol, and ensure that your friends remember the great event long after the last piece of confetti has settled.
  • As guests RSVP, confirm that at least one person in each group is prepared to be the sober designated driver and/or has a plan to get home.
  • Provide plenty of food to keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach.
  • Offer non-alcoholic beverages or “mocktails” for designated drivers and others who prefer not to drink alcohol.
  • Be prepared by having the number of a taxi service on hand for those who need a ride. Also, be ready with some clean linens so you can turn your sofa into a bed for guests who need to sleep it off.
  • View our safe party guide for more handy host or hostess tips.


Prevent drunk driving.

In a survey we conducted earlier this year, 73 percent of adults said they have been at an event and seen someone try to drive home after drinking too much. And of those, 19% didn’t do anything to stop them.  Click here to see the infographic from this survey.

The best way to prevent someone from driving drunk is to make a plan for a non-drinking designated driver, and make sure everyone agrees to it ahead of time. If you are faced with a situation where someone who’s impaired is trying to drive, click here for tips on how to stop them.

You can make celebrating the New Year a true celebration by preventing drunk driving and saving lives.

Happy New Year’s!

 


   

Comments

Submitted by boboboy at 02:34 AM on February 6, 2014
thanks to MADD the laws and penalties are more strict than ever.. Im on my 2nd dui, and broke.// perhaps maybe with all the revenue you have you can provide some sort of FREE shuttle service to those of us who like to have fun!!!
Submitted by malik at 11:49 AM on January 8, 2014
JUST WANTED TO LET EVERYONE KNOW MADD REHABILITATION USED TO REALLY WORK. NOW THEY HAVE VERY VERY STIFF PENALTIES AND INTOXILOC DEVICES VERY VERY VERY STRESSSFULL I EVEN CHANGED NO MORE REMORSE. THIS CAUSES ALOT OFF STRESS CAUSING MORE DEPRESSION. NO WONDER LOTS OF ACCIDENTS STILL HAPPEN STIFF PENALTIES AND DEVICES DONT HELP HOPE ONE DAY SOMEONE REALIZES THIS IS JUST BUSINESS FOR FEW INDIVIDUALS
Submitted by concerned at 07:04 AM on January 6, 2014
I was wondering why in the state of MA, you can get away with drunk driving. I know of someone that got slapped on the wrist for his first offense. Less than a year later, another DUI AT 10 IN THE MORNING!!! He walks??? What are we waiting for, him to kill someone and then its too late???? Pisses me off just because he can get off with a family lawyer. NOT FAIR. He should suffer the same consequences as everyone else.
Submitted by scoot at 07:16 PM on December 31, 2013
Or just walk or take public transit! (Biking is probably a bad idea though.) The article talks about hiring a taxi, shuttle, or limo...why not bus, rail, or walking there? I realize it's not possible for all. But many transit systems are operating extended hours on New Year's Eve, so check their website for the schedule. Having decent transit as an alternative is a great way to take drunk drivers off the road. But the quality of such service in many American cities isn't very good, especially late at night. Even in DC, a city known for its transit system, the Metro (except weekends) and most bus routes stop around 12am. That's before people go home from drinking. It's one reason that our cities should make an effort to be more walkable and offer better transit service.
Submitted by Allen & Allen at 11:08 AM on December 31, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013 Don’t Drink & Drive This New Year’s Eve. Allen & Allen Will Help You Get Home Safely With A Free Sober Ride. Once again the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen is offering an incentive not to drink and drive in both Charlottesville and the metro Richmond area on New Years Eve – a free cab ride home. Allen & Allen will pick up the fare for anyone taking a taxi home on New Year’s Eve from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM January 1, 2014. “We started this program with the goal of keeping our community and our roadways safe,” said Firm president Trent Kerns. “Anyone who is unable to safely drive home this New Year’s Eve will receive a free sober ride home courtesy of Allen & Allen.” RICHMOND, VIRGINIA DETAILS: Partnering with Napoleon Taxi, Allen & Allen will pick up the fare for anyone taking a taxi home on New Year’s Eve from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM January 1, 2014 in the metro Richmond area. If you are in the metro Richmond area and feel unsafe driving on New Year’s Eve, simply call Napoleon Taxi at 804-354-8294 or 354-TAXI. You must ask for the Sober Ride Home to be eligible for the free fare. Allen & Allen will pick up the tab for the free cab rides between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM. The Sober Rides only apply to those going home. CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA DETAILS: Partnering with Charlottesville Yellow Cab & Anytime Taxi, Allen & Allen will pick up the fare for anyone taking a cab home on New Year’s Eve from 10:00 PM December 31, 2013 – 5:00 AM January 1, 2014 in the Charlottesville area. If you are in the Charlottesville area and feel unsafe driving on New Year’s Eve, simply call Charlottesville Yellow Cab at 434-295-4131. You must ask for the Sober Ride Home to be eligible for the free fare. Allen & Allen will pick up the tab on Sober Rides between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM. The Sober Rides only apply to those going home.
Submitted by Maya at 09:32 AM on December 31, 2013
With the rise of marihuana use, I am surprised that MADD hasn't been more vociferous concerning its harmful impact on adolescents and ,in general, on society. Studies have shown how it kills the young brain and how it leads addiction.

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