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4 Tips for Staying Safe on New Year’s Eve 2018

December 26th, 2017 by Brent de la Paz

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New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration, laughter, and renewal. Fireworks and sparklers light up the night sky as a mass of people countdown in the background. It’s a time when you, your friends, and your family can all get together to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. Unfortunately for many, the future looks like a DWI charge on their criminal record. New Year’s Eve is a prime time for drunk driving, and cops are on high alert. Stay smart and avoid a DWI this New Year’s Eve with these safety tips:

Skip the Alcohol

While this may not sound like the most fun option, it is definitely the safest one. If you know you’re going to be the person driving on New Year’s Eve, then the only way to ensure your sobriety is to skip the drinks. A little bit of responsibility can go a long way when drunk drivers are on the road and cops are around every corner.

Stay the Night

If you insist on drinking and can’t find another ride home, ask to stay the night where you are. Asking your host to stay the night in advance is one of the best ways to have a fun night and still stay safe.

Designate a Driver

Choosing someone you’re with to be the designated driver is a smart way to avoid getting behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. When it comes to picking someone to be the DD, it’s important that the person you choose is reliable and accountable for their responsibility. Keep in mind that being the designated driver can still be fun and enjoyable, so try not to let them dwell on the skipped alcohol!

Take an Uber or Lyft

Ride share options are a smart way to get home after a fun night of celebrating.

Pro tip: Download the app before you start drinking to make calling an Uber/Lyft that much easier when the time comes.

While I hope that each of you have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve, I understand that mistakes will be made and accidents do happen. Should you find yourself facing DWI charges or worse, contact me immediately. I can start fighting for your case and building your defense. When it’s your day in the courtroom, you’ll want an experienced DWI lawyer by your side. But for now, please be smart when making critical decisions, and have a Happy New Year’s Eve!