Ring in the New Year

Are you ready for New Year’s Eve? Ringing in the new year usually involves parties, champagne toasts and some sparkle. Whether you have plans for a night on the town or a simple party at a friend’s house, there are some risks at play.

The U.S. Department of Transportation keeps records of crashes involving drunk drivers. The stats around the holiday season are less than encouraging.

The NHTSA reports the percent of alcohol-related crashes and deaths in the latest issue of Safety 1n Num3ers, revealing the following statistics:

“Over the past decade, almost two of every five (41 percent) deaths that occur around the New Year’s holiday and the Christmas holiday (37 percent) were alcohol-impaired…”

The national average of alcohol-related deaths for the past ten years is 31 percent. There is a significant increase during the holiday season, with a spike on New Year’s Eve.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is doing their job to promote sober driving by carrying out the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” winter campaign. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) join in spreading the message to drivers across the country.

They’re doing their part to promote safe driving this New Year’s Eve.

New Year's Eve Party

Are you doing your part?

Focus on safe and sober driving this year (and encourage others to do the same).

Pack a bag

First things first. Don’t plan to drive after you’ve had a drink. On New Year’s Eve, the best place to be is inside. Get a hotel room or ask to stay at your host’s home. If you have to get home after your party, book a cab in advance. A limo or car service is a fun way to play it safe, too.

Check on each other

If your teens are heading off to New Year’s Eve parties, talk through their plans with them. Talk about the importance of designated drivers and not drinking and driving. Check back with them and make sure you can get in touch with each other on New Year’s Eve. The same advice goes for friends and other family members.

Forget the myths

Coffee won’t sober you up and a cold shower won’t do the trick, either. Forget the quick sober up methods you’ve heard. Only time will help you get sober, so there’s no use trying to rush the process. If you’re drinking on New Year’s Eve, you shouldn’t have any plans to drive that night.

Sober driving is important all year, especially if your employees drive company cars. Test Smartly Labs offers pre-employment testing and DOT testing for companies across the country. 

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