Celebrating the start of 2022 at a party on New Year’s Eve is a great way to end the year. It’s awesome to raise a glass with family and friends, just make sure that when the party is over, you don’t get behind the wheel. New Years Eve is one of the nights of the year with the highest incidence of drinking and driving.
Despite all the warnings it’s surprising that adults still make the choice to drink and drive. In fact, it’s more common than you think. In a recent survey, 4.2 million adults admit to drinking and driving*. Many adult drivers believe that their experience behind the wheel means they can enjoy a drink or two and safely operate a vehicle.
Unfortunately doing so puts your family at risk. The statistics of children who have died in a drunk driving accident reveal something heartbreaking: of the 209 children 14 and under who lost their lives on New Year’s Eve in an alcohol related automobile accident, OVER HALF were riding in the vehicle with the drunk driver.
Driving after you have been drinking is not worth the risk. If you are going to a party where you plan on consuming alcohol, arrange for other transportation. With services such as UBER and LYFT becoming readily available, there really is NO reason for you to drive after you have had a drink. If you are hosting a party in your home and serving alcohol, don’t allow your guests to drive impaired. Help them to make other arrangements to get home safely. It is also important to refrain from serving alcohol to minors, you could be held liable if they are involved in an accident.
Stay Safe! Remember that one bad choice can destroy your family, your reputation and have far reaching affects that you can’t imagine!
*According to the CDC