New Year’s Eve Safety Tips
New Year’s Eve is supposed to be a night of fun and frivolity to ring in the new year with friends and family. We want you to have an amazing time, but we also want you to be safe and have a plan ready to go. Last year in Florida, there was over 2,000 crashes between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. 861 of those crashes were with injury and 28 of those crashes with fatalities. In one night almost 30 people were lost, and majority due to drunk drivers. We want you to both have a plan to avoid driving drunk and avoid getting hit by a drunk driver.
- Have a Plan: Make sure you know the details of your night. Are going to a part? See if you can make arrangements to stay at that person’s house, or if it is at a venue, see if they offer transportation to and from the event. If these are not an option, designate a driver and try to only drive a short distance back to your final destination that night.
- If You Plan to Drink At All, DO NOT DRIVE: We hear it all the time, “I just had few drinks,” they insist that they are fine to drive. We could scare you with all the injury pictures we have, but it might be to traumatic. Do we sound dramatic? Well we are not. Take this to heart: DO NOT get behind the wheel if you plan on drinking this New Year’s Eve. Paying for an UBER or cab is MUCH cheaper than getting a DUI, or even worse hurting yourself or others.
- Stay With A Group: If you are planning to go out with friends to a big party, make sure you do not get separated from the group. If you are walking to a bar or to a venue by yourself you become an easy target for criminals. Make sure your phone and your friends’ phones are fully charged so if you do get separated, a phone call can mend that.
Bonus tip: HAVE A BLAST! New Year’s Eve celebrates a new starting point in your life, don’t forget to enjoy yourself, just be safe about it, too.