On the last day of 2019, millions of Americans will come together to countdown the start of the “twenty-twenties” era. It will be a night of commemorations and new resolutions.
As you prepare your New Year’s Eve (NYE) plans, be mindful of all possible dangers that may arise throughout the night. Whether you are spending a night out on the town or at home watching the ball drop on television, it is important to practice basic safety procedures no matter where you spend your New Year’s Eve.
New Year’s Eve is generally synonymous with alcohol consumption. To add fuel to the fire, champagne has become known as an iconic symbol for NYE. The countless liquor infused celebrations is the reason why drunk driving is the leading cause of motor vehicle accidents and fatalities on NYE.
Face the Facts:
- DUI arrests peak between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
- Between Christmas and New Year’s, 40 percent of traffic collisions involve drunk drivers.
- Between 2011 and 2015, there was an average of 245 fatal traffic accidents on NYE.
If you plan on going out on New Year’s Eve, you can reduce the likelihood of getting into a car accident by:
- Coordinating a designated driver.
- Make plans to stay with someone or somewhere.
- Do not get into a car if you suspect the driver is intoxicated
- If you don’t have a designated driver, call a taxi, car service, sober friend/family member to take you home.
- If you suspect a drunk driver on the road, immediately call 911 to report it.
How to Detect a Drunk Driver
Although you may be responsible and take all necessary precautions to ensure a safe evening, others on the road may not. Below are quick tips on how to spot an intoxicated driver, so that you can avoid them as best as possible and report them to the police.
You may be sharing the road with a drunk driver, if the suspected vehicle is doing any of the following:
- Quick acceleration or deceleration.
- Driving anywhere other than on a road designated for vehicles.
- Almost striking an object, curb, or vehicle.
- Stopping without cause or erratic braking.
- Weaving or drifting in and out of traffic lanes.
If you or a loved has been injured in an accident on NYE caused by the negligence of another party, you should discuss your legal options with an attorney as you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates have achieved over $135 million for their clients so far. For more information or to schedule a FREE consultation with one of the attorneys, call 949-558-2156.