2012 is just around the corner! Time to decide how you will celebrate the New Year. Will you be attending a party? Hosting a party? If you plan on celebrating with a few drinks, keep in mind that last year, the Ohio State Patrol arrested 243 people over the New Year's holiday weekend, up from 152 arrests in 2009 and thirty-eight people died on Ohio roads between Dec. 22 and Dec. 31 in 2010, the highest holiday death toll in at least five years.
Dyer, Garofalo, Mann & Schultz wants to remind you that if you plan on drinking, please don't drive. Not only are you risking your own safety, but you are also jeopardizing the safety of fellow motorists. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help keep your festivities a little more safe this weekend!
If you are hosting a New Year's Eve party, following a few simple rules could prevent a tragedy:
- Plan ahead by naming a "designated driver." Make this your responsibility as the host.
- Contact a local cab company to provide rides for your guests.
- Serve non-alcoholic beverages as an option to your guests.
- Stop serving alcohol to your guests several hours before the party ends.
- Provide your guests with a place to stay overnight in your home.
If you are attending New Year's Eve parties and celebrations:
- If you drink, don't drive.
- Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before the party or celebration begins.
- If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit, or get a sober friend or family member to come pick you up.
- Or, stay where you are until you are sober.
- Take the keys from someone if you think he/she is too impaired to drive.
Whatever your plans may be to ring in the New Year, we hope that you have a fun and safe weekend. Enjoy reflecting over 2011 and let's make 2012 the best year yet!