New Year’s Eve is one of the worst days of the year for alcohol related car crashes and deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on average, 130 deaths take place on New Year’s Eve.
Here are some tips regarding staying safe on New Years:
- Designate a sober driver.
- Save the number of a local cab service in your phone prior to heading out.
- Hire a shuttle or limousine service to transport you and your friends to and from your event.
- Take an Uber or Lyft home.
- Stay in a hotel.
Don’t assume walking is a safe option. New Years has the highest death rate of pedestrians than any other day of the year. The walker is drunk in over a third of pedestrian fatalities. Alcohol impairs your ability to walk and navigate, especially in the dark. If you must walk:
- As silly as it sounds, have a designated walker.
- Drink responsibly
- Stay on the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic
- If you plan ahead of time, wear bright colored clothing and carry a flashlight to be more visible to drivers.
- Walk in groups. This help with visibility also.
If you’re driving, it’s very simple. Don’t drink.
Have a fun, but safe New Years Eve.