2018 is almost upon us, and what a year it has been! As we prepare to ring in the New Year, you are probably thinking about your plans. What will you wear? Where will you go? Who will you see? As you plan, remember – New Year’s is a huge celebration, but it is also one of the most dangerous days of the year.
During the end of the year holiday season, almost 95 million Americans will take to the road. And New Year’s is one of the days with the highest rates of drunk driving every year, rivaling Thanksgiving. For that reason, it is important to look out for your safety and the safety of your friends and family when you go out to celebrate. Here are some quick tips to help you stay safe while you ring in 2018:
- It goes without saying, but don’t drink and drive. Alcohol accounts for just under half of traffic fatalities on New Year’s. If you plan on celebrating with alcohol, make sure you plan ahead. Designate a sober driver, take public transit or call an Uber if you need to get somewhere. Download the apps on your phone ahead of time.
- If you can, stay away from roads from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. These are peak hours for cars on the road as well as drunk drivers.
- New Year’s often means fireworks. If you intend to shoot off fireworks, make sure you follow all directions very carefully, and never shoot fireworks under the influence of alcohol.
- Stick with your friends and family when you go out. Watch out for each other and keep each other away from dangerous situations.
Stay safe, Sacramento, and have a wonderful New Year’s 2018!