Don’t let this NYE be your last

New Year’s Eve is one of the most popular party days of the year. As the clock ticks down toward a new year, revelers across the globe raise glasses of champagne in celebration of what’s to come.

Such celebrations are a staple of the holiday season but so, too, are accidents that result from excessive partying. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, January 1, when many NYE celebrants are heading home in the wee hours of the morning, is when the highest percentage of deaths related to alcohol occur. In addition, analysis from the National Safety Council found that roughly 42 percent of traffic fatalities during the New Year’s holiday between 2010 and 2015 were related to drinking and driving.

While NYE revelers may be more focused on celebrating than safety, all celebrants can take the following safety precautions to ensure they make it home safe and sound come January 1.

• Pick a designated driver. When making New Year’s Eve plans, pick a designated driver from your group of friends and/or family members. Many bars or clubs will waive cover charges for designated drivers, and such establishments may even provide them with complementary soft drinks and coffee throughout the night. The designated driver should agree to avoid alcohol entirely.

• Let others know your plans. Before heading out to celebrate NYE, let loved ones know of your plans for the night. This may help should you find yourself separated from friends or if you want to end the night early and need a ride home while your friends stay out. Periodically check in with a quick text message or email to a parent or sibling at home so they know you are safe. Such check-ins may also motivate you to keep a clear head throughout the night.

• Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol. Drinking and driving is dangerous, but drinking to excess even when you are not driving is also risky. While alcohol tends to flow freely on NYE, drink only in moderation to ensure you don’t lose track of your fellow revelers and to protect you from others who may not have your best interests at heart.

NYE is a popular party day. Exercising some caution can ensure this year’s celebration is both safe and enjoyable.

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