New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration, laughter, and renewal. Fireworks and sparklers light up the night sky as a mass of people countdown in the background. It’s a time when you, your friends, and your family can all get together to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. Unfortunately for many, the future looks like a DWI charge on their criminal record. New Year’s Eve is a prime time for drunk driving, and cops are on high alert. Stay smart and avoid a DWI this New Year’s Eve with these safety tips:
Skip the Alcohol
While this may not sound like the most fun option, it is definitely the safest one. If you know you’re going to be the person driving on New Year’s Eve, then the only way to ensure your sobriety is to skip the drinks. A little bit of responsibility can go a long way when drunk drivers are on the road and cops are around every corner.
Stay the Night
If you insist on drinking and can’t find another ride home, ask to stay the night where you are. Asking your host to stay the night in advance is one of the best ways to have a fun night and still stay safe.
Designate a Driver
Choosing someone you’re with to be the designated driver is a smart way to avoid getting behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. When it comes to picking someone to be the DD, it’s important that the person you choose is reliable and accountable for their responsibility. Keep in mind that being the designated driver can still be fun and enjoyable, so try not to let them dwell on the skipped alcohol!