Keep Your New Year's Eve Safe: Don't Drink and DriveDecember 30, 2014 | Category: DUI Accidents | Share
The New Year is quickly approaching and many people are making party plans, considering New Year's resolutions and contemplating ways to lose all the weight they gained throughout the last year. Many events will undoubtedly include plenty of food and drinks for everyone. Ft. Myers personal injury lawyer Randall Spivey wants everyone to reach their destinations safely and return home without incident. Mr. Spivey has seen firsthand what drinking and driving can do to an individual and his or her family and he does not want you or your loved ones to become victims.
There are a number of things you can do to help ensure your safety all while enjoying your time with family and friends. The following suggestions are provided to make everyone aware that there are alternatives to getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after having one too many drinks.
Have a Designated Driver on Standby
Of course, we all have heard and seen the commercials that suggest to individuals who are going to drink to "drink responsibly." But all too often, people drink more than they should, which can lead to problems if they choose to get behind the wheel. That is why individuals who like to enjoy their alcoholic beverages freely should have a designated driver on standby, preferably a person who does not drink. Choose a trusted individual to pick you up and take you to your final destination, and leave the keys to the automobile with him or her.
If you do not have a trusted friend or loved one who is willing to take on the role of designated driver, keep the number of your local cab company handy or consider taking public transportation to and from the event, where possible.
Watch Yourself, Pace Yourself
If you are going to drink, it is important to watch how much alcohol you are drinking within a short period of time. Depending on the size and weight of an individual, getting to the point of being drunk might only take two or three drinks, depending on drink size and strength. Also, keep in mind that if you drink without eating something, you may become intoxicated much quicker than you would have had you taken time to eat beforehand.
A good rule of thumb is for every drink you finish, drink a similar sized cup of water or some other alcohol-free beverage. Sure, you want to enjoy yourself, but you do not have to drink the entire time of the party. Choose a time to cut yourself off and stick with that time.
Take the Next Day to Recuperate
Many people are off from work on New Year's Day, which can give them ample time to spend recovering from all the fun had the night before. Even for people who party and do not drink, having time to rest after the festivities will go a long way toward starting the New Year off as healthy and revitalized as possible.
If you or someone you love has been victimized by a drunk driver, help is available for you. Contact a personal injury attorney at the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Lawyers, P.A. and visit our sister site, www.hurtbydrunkdriver.com/ to learn how we can help you get justice.