Ways to Stay Safe and on the Right Side of the Law This New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is a time of celebration all over the world. It is traditional to have a few drinks to ring in the New Year and it is the biggest party night of the year for both bars and house parties. Between the presence of alcohol and potential bad winter weather, New Year’s Eve is also a dangerous time to be on the road. Not only is there an increase in the likelihood of being in an accident, but there is an increased chance of being charged with a DUI. With a few helpful tips you can stay safe and also stay out of trouble with the police as you start off your New Year.
New Year’s Driving Fatalities
The statistics may be surprising to some. Nearly 42% of all fatalities on New Year’s Eve are related to drunk driving. This includes both drivers under the influence, their passengers, innocent drivers, and pedestrians. In fact, it is the most dangerous night to be out walking on the roadways due to the increased presence of drivers under the influence and weather conditions. On average, there are roughly 140 deaths on the roads on this one night alone.
The greatest tip a driver or pedestrian can utilize to avoid being involved in an accident is to be prepared and alert. Staying on your game and focused on the road and other drivers can help you stay safe. You should ensure that everything works properly on your car also, particularly headlights and brake lights. Staying off the roads if the weather is bad and staying on routes you are familiar with can help keep you and others safe while the world is ringing in the New Year.
Do Not Drink and Drive
To avoid getting a DUI or being involved in a drunk driving accident, the first and foremost piece of advice is to not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. Finding a designated driver, calling a cab, or using public transportation can keep you out of jail and from starting out the New Year with a criminal record. If you do drink, do so responsibly and know your limit. Give yourself time to sober up before heading home and make sure you take a familiar route that has the least amount of traffic. This is for your safety and the safety of others. If you do get pulled over, the best way to avoid a DUI charge is to be polite and respectful, yet know your rights. You do not have to submit to a field sobriety test and can state that you would like to contact a lawyer before speaking.
The New Year is a time of reflection on the year that is passing and a time of excitement for the possibilities of what the New Year can bring to you and your loved ones. Start the New Year out with your own safety and the safety of others in mind by avoiding an accident and avoiding a DUI incident. If you do become an accident victim or end up facing a DUI, having an experienced DUI attorney explain your rights and options can be the best way to put the incident behind you as soon as possible.
By Shepherd and Osborne