Last New Year's Day had more alcohol-related fatal car crashes than on any other day of the year. This year AAA is encouraging party-goers to ring in the New Year safely and plan ahead.
Nearly 80 people died in alcohol-related crashes on New Year's Day.
"Drunk drivers put everyone on the road in danger," said Elaine Zeinner, spokesperson for AAA. "Party-goers should designate a sober driver or program the number to a taxi company into phones before leaving the house to head to New Year's celebrations."
AAA recommends the following suggestions to keep yourself and others safe on the roads over New Year's Eve:
- Appoint a designated driver before festivities start. AAA encourages revelers to always appoint a designated driver whenever enjoying a night out – be it New Year's Eve or anytime.
- Never ride in a car with someone who is intoxicated. Call a cab or arrange a ride with a sober driver if your designated driver decides to have a drink.
- Protect yourself against other drivers. Always wear a safety belt and be sure all passengers buckle up. Children should be properly secured in child safety seats every time you get in the car.
- Immediately report impaired drivers to area law enforcement. Be ready to provide the license plate number, description of the vehicle and the direction in which the car was traveling. Keep your vehicle at a safe distance, and do not try to intervene.
- If entertaining, be a responsible host. Encourage sensible drinking by serving nonalcoholic drinks and never give alcohol to someone under 21.