Tonight will be filled with fun and festivity all around the world. Along with all of that frolicking comes the increased danger of alcohol and drug related accidents. While you may not be drinking and driving, it is safe to assume that others on the road will be. It is an unfortunate realism of the holiday. Below are a few tips to help keep you safe:
- When you are driving make sure you are alert and without impairment. This includes prescription medications, over the counter meds, alcohol and elicit drugs. This also means that you are awake enough to drive, especially at late hours. Bad road conditions or bad weather make the risks even higher.
- Watch the road for pedestrians. Many people do not realize how hard it is to see them at night, especially when they are wearing darker colors. They may be intoxicated and not paying attention to wear they are walking or to the traffic on the roads.
- Scan traffic ahead of you and watch the cars behind you for signs of impairment.
- If you or a friend is impaired, call a cab. Look out for each other.
- Set a designated driver BEFORE you leave for a party. If you are the designated driver, respect that role.
- If you are hosting a party, monitor your guests as they leave to make sure they are safe to drive. If you choose to have alcohol at your parties, then you also accept some responsibility for your guests. Serve heavy appetizers and foods. Make sure there are festive nonalcoholic beverages available. Encourage people to drink water and eat plenty.
- If you work at a restaurant or bar, talk to your manager or the owner about what to do if you see a patron leaving intoxicated with the intent to drive. Many restaurants have a list of cab companies that are in the area. Some know of college or church groups who offer van services.
Have a happy and SAFE holiday!