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Safe Driving This New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve marks the end of what many law enforcement agencies call “DUI Season”, which begins at Thanksgiving. Something about the holidays makes people want to celebrate with an alcoholic drink, and simultaneously forget the dangers of intoxicated driving. If you are going to be driving to and from a party on New Year’s Eve, remember these smart safety tips to keep you out of trouble and harm’s way at the start of 2016.

  1. Know your limit: As much as people might think they are in control of their alcohol intake, studies show that most people do not know their own limitations, either in regards to safely controlling a vehicle or the legal limit. Keep in mind that one beer or shot of liquor takes, on average, an hour to metabolize and affect your body.

  2. Don’t go alone: Parties are more fun, and safe, with a friend in tow. Team up with a buddy and decide beforehand who will be the designated driver. That person should not consume any alcoholic beverages for the night.

  3. Call a cab: Smartphones are wonderful devices that can save lives with the click of a button. Many are now coming preloaded with Uber’s app, which should be used to easily find a ridesharing taxi service instead of trying to drive yourself after a night of drinking.

  4. Safe “crashing”: Where is the only safe place to crash? On the sofa, of course! Ask your party’s hosts if you can spend the night in a guest room or couch when you arrive, just in case you decide to have some drinks. Everyone there, and other drivers you don’t know, will thank you.

  5. Report suspicious drivers: Safety is everyone’s responsibility in the end. If you see another motorist who appears to be driving erratically, likely due to intoxication, pull over as soon as it is safe, turn on your hazards, and call the police to give them as much information as you can about the suspicious vehicle. You might just be preventing a catastrophic car accident.

Remember: New Year’s Eve celebrations are about ending one chapter in your life to begin a new one. Make certain you don’t start off on the wrong foot, or in a hospital bed or jail cell. If you have done your best to stay safe but are still caught in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you can come to Dean Law Firm for help. Our Midland personal injury attorney has 20+ years of experience, a perfect 10.0 “Superb” Avvo rating, and has been named selected for Super Lawyers® more than once!

To work with a professional so highly reputable, call (432) 214-8125 today.