Since New Year’s Eve falls on a weekend this year, the celebration activities will significantly increase with more parties and festivities. However, a common associated with these type of gatherings is the presence of alcohol. New Year’s Eve is traditionally one of the worst days of the year in regards to alcohol-related car crashes and fatalities. According to data obtained by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 2002 to 2008, 140 people were killed in relation to DUI crashes on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in the United States. Not only are these deaths caused by drunk drivers, but also drunk pedestrians who inadvertently walk in front of oncoming vehicles.
Whether it’s setting up checkpoints or stationing themselves near bars and clubs, law enforcement will be constantly patrolling the streets to prevent accidents and fatalities from occurring. In order to avoid starting the New Year off with a DUI, our Folsom DUI defense attorney has comprised a set of tips to keep in mind as you ring in 2016.
- Assign a designated driver – Whether it’s close to home or far away, if you plan on traveling to a party, it’s imperative to delegate a driver who will remain sober and responsible for providing a safe ride home.
- Hand over your keys – If you don’t have a designated driver, give your keys to someone you know will avoid returning them to you if you are drunk.
- Prepare a bag – Spending the night until you sober up the following morning ensures a safe transition into next year.
- Use Uber or Lyft – Although there will be a surge in pricing, taking advantage of ridesharing operations will prevent you from having to take the wheel. Other options include taxis, trains, or buses.
- Be careful walking home – Based on a report by the NHTSA, New Year’s Day has the highest amount of pedestrians killed compared to any other day throughout the year. It’s best to walk in a group or wear visible clothing.
- Keep tabs on your children – If you have children who plan on going out on New Year’s Eve, inform them on the rules about drinking and driving and find out where they will be at all times.
If you have been arrested for a DUI on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, contact our office for a free case evaluation.