For most people, New Year’s Eve is an exciting time. It’s a time full of reminiscing about the end of one year and looking forward to the endless possibilities of the new year ahead. It’s a time for celebrating with family and friends and partying the night away.
As we mentioned in our Distracted Driving blog post, though, New Year’s Day is also the 6th worst day for driving due to the increase in drunk drivers. If you are planning to host a New Year’s Eve party this year, do your part to prevent drunk driving accidents with the following tips:
- Plan ahead to have multiple designated drivers available to anyone who may need it, and make sure to hold these people accountable so that they don’t drink.
- If you have the space, offer ahead of time to let people stay overnight at your house. Even if all you have is an extra blanket and an old chair, that’s still better than letting someone drive while intoxicated.
- Have plenty of snacks and hearty foods (meats and cheeses) to help counteract the effects of the alcohol.
- Offer a wide variety of non-alcoholic beverages as well, including water, sparkling grape juice, pop, cofee, etc. To spice things up, try making fruit smoothies or other non-alcoholic frozen drinks.
- Determine a time that you will stop serving alcohol. Ideally, this time would be well in advance of when most people would be starting to drive home.
- Plan activities such as games to give your guests something to do besides just drinking. Having distractions can help limit the consumption of alcohol while still allowing guests to have a fun time.
- Keep alcohol out of the reach of children and pets. Even a small amount of alcohol could make them feel sick.
- Collect car keys when people arrive at your party that way you can determine if each individual is suitable to drive before giving them back their keys at the end of the night.
- Don’t be afraid to cut someone off if they are drinking heavily or to deny someone their keys if you are uncertain of their sobriety. Better safe than sorry!
- As the host, make sure that you remain sober, so that you can be responsible for the safety of your guests.
Follow these tips to ensure that your guests ring in the new year safely. By being a responsible host, you can help avoid the pain and guilt of losing a family member or friend to a drunk driving accident.
If you or someone you know are the victim of a drunk driving accident this New Year's, contact the Boughter Law Office and we will help to get you the compensation that you deserve.