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Celebrate New Year’s Eve safely

Published 7:29pm Thursday, December 26, 2013


Another Christmas is over and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are less than a week away.

For those who plan to celebrate the end of 2013 and the arrival of 2014 on New Year’s Eve, make that celebration a safe one. Some people don’t need reminding to celebrate safely that night, Others, well, there are some who do need reminding to celebrate safely.

For those who plan to celebrate New Year’s Eve by drinking, do so moderately. Don’t drink and drive. Find someone to serve as the designated driver for your group of celebrants if there’s going to be drinking. If there’s no designated driver for the group, call a cab. Stay at a hotel New Year’s Eve so you and your friends don’t drive home impaired. Don’t risk getting cited for driving while impaired. A conviction will cost more than the cab ride. Don’t risk drinking and driving because you put others at risk of life and limb if you do so.

There’s no need to wake up New Year’s Day in a jail cell or in a hospital. There’s no need to end up in the morgue New Year’s Day because of an error in judgment New Year’s Eve.

Many organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving recommend staying at home to celebrate. They also suggest using public transportation, if possible, if going out to celebrate. They also remind people that one can celebrate without drinking.

Just so you know, New Year’s Eve is not the night when most drunken-driving accidents occur. New Year’s Eve runs a distant second to the night that statistically has the highest number of drunken-driving fatalities — Thanksgiving.

There’s nothing wrong with celebrating on New Year’s Eve — just make sure it’s a safe celebration.












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