New Year’s Eve is a time to toast to the old and the new. But it’s important to remember that drinking and driving can come with grave consequences and should be avoided at all costs.
Any choice other than responsibility could impact not only your life, but also the lives of innocent people around you.
According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, there have been 27 DWI arrests between November 18 and December 2, 2013. This period accounts for the Thanksgiving holiday, which does not generally see as much drinking in one evening as New Year’s Eve does.
Last New Year’s Eve, East Baton Rouge Prison booked a total of 12 DWI related arrests in one evening. This year, don’t become another statistic.
Safe driving tips for New Year’s Eve
- Have a designated driver – find a trustworthy person who is willing to be in this position as a confirmation of safety for you, themselves and others.
- Save the telephone number for a taxi in your phone – cab services are at the disposal of the people, especially on New Year’s Eve, and will act as a DD when one isn’t available.
- Arrange for a place to stay before hand – this could be either at a friend’s house or at a hotel within walking distance.
We recommend, above all, that you avoid drinking if you plan on driving this New Year’s. However, if you do plan to have a drink, limit yourself and take precaution:
- Keep a full stomach – a full stomach ensures that any alcohol consumed has the potential to be absorbed by the food eaten. NOTE: Avoid salty foods; they will leave you thirsty and could lead to more drinking.
- Avoid carbonated mixers – it is best to not have anything that is carbonated, like soda, with alcohol. Carbonated mixers allow for the alcohol to be absorbed by the blood faster.
Use your best judgment
If you don’t feel like you should drive, then don’t. And if you don’t think someone else should be driving, then you should intervene.
Drive smart. Drive safe. And have a joyful New Year’s Eve.
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