Drinking and Driving: New Year’s Eve Edition

By Suad Othman on December 30, 2018

Well, it’s that time of year. Christmas has ended, and we’re preparing for our New Year’s Eve celebrations. We contemplate whether to go out or stay in and avoid the chaos. Regardless of our plans for ringing in the new year, drinking and driving is one plan that should not be considered. This article is meant to be taken as a hopeful wakeup call that the bright future we’re working so hard for can be taken away in a split second.

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How to Stay Safe While Getting Around on New Year’s Eve 

1. The best way to avoid drinking and driving is to make agreements and arrangements with who you’re going out with that drinking and driving is not an option. Once you get that out of the way and have established a foundation for future decisions, it’ll be easier to make concrete choices after you’ve been drinking.

2. Agree to take a Lyft, Uber or Taxi to every destination the night takes you. I personally use Lyft if I’m going out because they usually always offer a 50% discount on rides and my total amount spent averages out to about $10. So, if you’re an avid Uber user, trying out Lyft might save you major cash on your next ride. Unsure about the price difference? Go ahead and download both! Then when you’re out and about, just enter your desired destination in both apps before confirming to estimate which price is better.

3. Be aware of your surroundings! Contrary to popular belief, the deadliest day of the year that is caused by drinking and driving is the Fourth of July. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, pedestrians are more likely to get hit by a car on New Year’s than any other day of the year. You can stay safe by walking with friends because the more eyes around you, the better. A friend might spot a reckless driver while you’re telling a story and not paying attention to the road. And if you notice a friend is lagging be sure to help them out!

Drinking and driving is not worth all the hard work you’ve done and are continuously doing. All the blood, sweat and tears you’ve put into making a better future for yourself can be destroyed by your choice to get into your car when you know you shouldn’t. That one decision you make after you’ve drunk too much can affect more lives than you can imagine.

So, spare yourself and others the heartache and please don’t trust in your abilities to control a vehicle under the influence. It’s just not worth it. If you have the money for drinks, you have the money for a Lyft, Uber or Taxi. Let’s thank our future selves and consider making a New Year’s resolution to make smarter decisions this coming year.

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