NYE Safety: Tips for Ringing in the New Year

by Gwen Newell

It goes without saying, New Year’s Eve is certainly one of many holidays that is most widely celebrated with alcohol, and AAA wants those who are planning to celebrate the anticipated arrival of 2022 to do so safely – especially when on the road. If drinking is a part of your New Year’s plan this holiday season, do NOT get behind the wheel.

Before you start drinking, it is extremely important to have a plan. Such plans should consist of either designating a sober driver or utilizing a ride-share service such as Uber or Lyft. Taking these kinds of precautions ensures a safe New Year’s holiday for you and everyone else on the road.

For those who will be bringing in the New Year away from home, we’ve included a few pointers aimed to keep yourself, pedestrians, and other motorists protected from the dangers of driving while intoxicated.

First, you need to decide ahead of time whether you will be drinking or driving because you cannot do both. You also need to plan your ride home before the night begins – whether that be designating a sober driver or planning to use a ride-share service. If so, download the ride-sharing app for convenience and play around with the app to familiarize yourself with it.

While you are out, always be aware of those around you. If you see someone getting behind the wheel intoxicated, take their keys and assist them in finding a safe ride home. On the other hand, if you are hosting a party with alcohol, be a responsible host. Allow guests to stay the night if they need to, or find them a safe ride home as well. Additionally, have non-alcoholic beverages on hand and stop serving alcohol at least an hour before your guests go home.

Lastly, if you see a driver on the road who you suspect is impaired, pull over to a safe spot and call 911 – giving police a description of the vehicle. Motorists are also advised to keep an eye out for pedestrians who have had too much to drink and may jaywalk and not obey traffic signals. Walking while intoxicated can also be deadly, as coordination and lack of attention puts drunk pedestrians at risk of getting hit by a vehicle. Bar crawlers are urged to keep an eye out for cars, cross at intersections, and obey walk signals.

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