You may be planning a memorable celebration to ring in the New Year. While there is nothing wrong with having a good time with friends and family, there is always the chance of an accident when alcohol is involved. At Bendall & Mednick, we would like you and other Schenectady residents to not only have a great New Year’s celebration, but to stay safe as well.
According to the Huffington Post, the New Year’s holiday is associated with more drunk driving than any other holiday in America, including Independence Day. In fact, roughly half of all motor vehicle collisions during this time are alcohol-related. If you are planning to drink on New Year’s Eve, it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to get a safe, sober ride home – whether that means having a designated driver, taking public transportation or calling a cab.
Of course, if you are being responsible with your drinking and transportation this year, it does not mean that others are. You may increase your chances of making it home safely by being extra vigilant of other vehicles in traffic. If you see someone swerving or driving erratically, call 911 to report it to law enforcement and stay well away from the other driver. You may also want to wait until the crowds begin to clear before you attempt to drive home. This may lessen your risk of encountering intoxicated drivers or pedestrians.
Being responsible and aware when you are celebrating may help you enjoy many more holidays to come. You can learn more about motor vehicle injuries by visiting our car accident page.